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Music: August 2014 Archives

Errol's Pick

Brazilian singer Gal Costa released a pair of hugely influential self-titled records in 1969 that were recently reissued. Errol says the groundbreaking records sound as fresh and as edgy as ever and really deserve our attention. Costa's velvety voice is most definitely the star of the show but he loves how fuzz guitar suddenly pierces a song, or how a tune breaks down to just her voice riding a funky baseline. This compilation titled "Gal Costa" is a strange but loveable creature that proves two things: Costa was light years ahead of many of her contemporaries in 1969 and while she couldn't have predicted it at the time, she was making music that would sound relevant 45 years later.

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Errol's Pick

Afie Jurvanen is a Toronto singer and guitarist who goes by the name Bahamas. He released a new album earlier this week and our music columnist Errol Nazareth says it's a record that slowly grows on you and hooks you deeper with every listen. It's contemplative, laid back without being boring, full of gorgeous instrumentation, different flavours and of course the breezy voice of Bahamas. This is definitely what we call a headphone album - put it on late at night, slip on your headphones, cut the lights and just indulge in the sonic treats. The Afie in the album title is Bahamas' first name. And how did he come up with that stage name? In an interview he said that Bahamas seemed to conjure up some nice imagery for people, even before hearing the music. "Now", he says, "it's become my career and livelihood".

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