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New video by Bahamas demystifies analog process of eight-track wizardry

Afie Jurvanen, Toronto guitarist and fast-rising singer- songwriter who calls himself Bahamas, has a new video out.

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Please Forgive My Heart by Bahamas; streaming at

Please Forgive My Heart, the new song from Bahamas (a.k.a. Afie Jurvanen, the streamlined Ontario singer-songwriter and guitarist), is a stylish, soul-saturated cover of a heart-tugging Bobby Womack tune.

It is sung from a point of remorse so profound that words cannot express its depth. The singer's sentence of shame will not be commuted, forgiveness granted or not.

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The new video is decidedly less heavy. It's a tribute to (and demystification of) the time-tested analog process of eight-track recording, with behind-the-scenes looks at vintage consoles and shower-stall reverb shown. At the end, there's a problem with a laptop computer, which causes the need for another take. It is a wry slap at digital sound and supposedly perfect machines.

As for having to play the affecting track over again, no one complains.

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