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.Â Barzin created moody slowcore tunes and I was in heaven. Â Songs like Past All Concerns and Just More Drugs created beautiful hazy moments in time.Â 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. Â You can find a recording of that EP via archive.org hereÂ 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!?!? Â 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. Â The album is 9 tracks and includes assistance from friends like Tony Dekker (Great Lake Swimmers), Daniela Gesendheit (Snowblink) and Tamara LindemanÂ (Weather Station) and even some strings from Hayden contributorÂ Karen Graves. Â Don’t get me started on the Hayden vibe you are getting from that photo above as well.Â Â 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?). Â The entire album follows suit to this track and is highly recommended by yours truly. Â 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)