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Boomkat Product Review:
The eponymous debut album by Canadian songwriter Barzin gets the reissue treatment from Monotreme Records, who released the quite wonderful follow-up "My Life In Rooms". Like that record, this first full-length explores an aesthetic of incredibly warm slowcore country sounds, with slow flickering waves of tremolo guitar and vast pedal steel slides. While the elements that make up the album are fairly simple and the pace never really exceeds 'glacial', the album has moments of enormous emotional weight, carrying a kind of restrained, graceful force throughout. This is especially true of the sublime 'Past All Concerns', a piece of stunning, opiated country sung in duet with Tamara Williamson, with a slightly hazy, muffled sound reminiscent of The Gentleman Losers. Elsewhere, on 'Pale Blue Eyes' you'll be struck by a sound that balances the rootsy authenticity of Calexico with Sigur Ros' skill with quietly epic song arrangements, and undoubtedly, Barzin offers a markedly more atmospheric, even eerie take on the idea of the lone songsmith, but importantly, he manages to do so without compromising on the richness of his writing, which is impressive throughout. Highly recommended.