Boomkat Product Review:
Canadian songwriter Barzin returns with a thrid full-length, continuing to expand upon the maudlin, opiated country sound he's been gaining a following for ever since his 2003 eponymous debut. The intangible gauziness and home-taped haze that was previously so fundamental to Barzin's sound takes a backseat in favour of more elaborate and mature arrangements - strings and all. Consequently, while the standard of writing remains as melancholically high as ever, breathtaking ballads like 'Soft Summer Girls' are embellished and produced with all the fineries and trappings they command. Notes To An Absent Lover has all the hallmarks of a breakthrough album, and while the content of Barzin's music has seldom fallen short of being outright stunning, this outing finally provides the right context for a wider audience to get on board. Highly recommended.