Back in the day when Slowcoustic was in it’s infancy and I was searching for music that really found a home with me, Canadian musician Barzin was a huge find. Barzin created moody slowcore tunes and I was in heaven. Songs like Past All Concerns and Just More Drugs created beautiful hazy moments in time. Back in the day, there was a bunch of free downloads recorded in Toronto called ‘Songs for Hinah’ (a fantastic old school indie site from France) – I don’t even know when it was, but I can see from the Hinah site it was around 2004 (see here), this was my introduction to the man. You can find a recording of that EP via archive.org here if you are interested.
This leads me to an email a little while ago with the word that Barzin is releasing another album – an email I almost deleted in a hurried rush to clear the notification on my phone!?!? This email contained the news of a late February release of the album To Live Alone In That Long Summer – which in my opinion is a perfect title for an album from Barzin. The album is 9 tracks and includes assistance from friends like Tony Dekker (Great Lake Swimmers), Daniela Gesendheit (Snowblink) and Tamara Lindeman (Weather Station) and even some strings from Hayden contributor Karen Graves. Don’t get me started on the Hayden vibe you are getting from that photo above as well. This album will be out via Monotreme Records (see here) and includes a limited vinyl run, so take note.
I will leave you with the first track from the album – All The While – which premiered over on Rolling Stone a few weeks back (seriously, is RS coming back to cool?). The entire album follows suit to this track and is highly recommended by yours truly. I will be reminding you again closer to the February 24th, 2014 date, but until then…
Barzin – ‘All The While’
(from the 2014 album, To Live Alone In That Long Summer)
(click here for a 320 kbps free download via Soundcloud)