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Afie Jurvanen, Toronto guitarist and fast-rising singer-songwriter who calls himself Bahamas is photographed at his Toronto, Ont. (Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail)
Afie Jurvanen, Toronto guitarist and fast-rising singer-songwriter who calls himself Bahamas is photographed at his Toronto, Ont. (Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail)

A mellow Canadian-made duet that is weary and affecting Add to ...

By Bahamas (featuring The Weather Station); streaming at brushfirerecords.com

Come for Jack Johnson’s cover of the Escape (The Pina Colada Song) and stay for a mellow Canadian-made duet by Bahamas (aka Afie Jurvanen) and The Weather Station (aka Tamara Lindeman).

To publicize the soundtrack to Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, surfer-boy Johnson offers his reggae-like remake of the classic rum-and-romance ditty from 1979.

And on the same YouTube posting, he chases the beachy cocktail with Bahamas’s tranquil take on Don’t You Want Me, a he-she synth-pop hit for the Human League in 1982.

Where the old version was relentless and whiney, the new duet’s tone is weary and affecting, with Bahamas drowsily crooning about turning a girl around and transforming her into “someone new.”

If you’ve heard his cover tunes before, you know Bahamas is very good at that.

 

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