Canadian singer-songwriter Barzin has earned a cult reputation back home for his melancholic melodies, explorations of the qualities of quietness, and work with members of Great Lake Swimmers. He’s feted by those in the know at NPR, Uncut and Mojo.
While working on his fifth studio album, scheduled for release in 2020, Barzin recorded a live EP during a Studio 13 Sessions at Revolution Recording Studios in Toronto. Four tracks are live re-imaginings of songs from his 2014 album, To Live Alone In that Long Summer.
The fifth is the featured single, a remake of Song:Ohia’s Blue Factory Flame. Barzin explained: “Jason Molina was a gifted songwriter…It takes a lot of courage to go rummaging around in our shadows. And that’s what he did. He was a lyrical maverick who continuously came up with lines that twist and turn and capture the complexity and the difficulty of being human.”
Barzin’s version is haunting, somehow simultaneously rich and fragile.
The EP is out on June 7 on Monotreme Records.
Cover photo credit: Alicja Brodowicz.
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