Win a copy of ‘Voyeurs In The Dark’ CDs by Barzin

Voyeurs In the Dark is Toronto artist Barzin’s fifth studio album, and it took four years to complete

The album’s cinematic scope and conceptual feel can be attributed to the time he spent over the last several years composing the soundtrack for the independent film Viewfinder.

Voyeurs In the Dark maintains that cinematic quality while infusing the music with elements from jazz, electronica, rock, and pop.

Having primarily explored the quieter side of pop and folk in his previous four albums, Barzin has broadened his musical palette, broadening his sound towards a more experimental direction while remaining preoccupied with exploring the internal landscape.

The uniformity of sound that characterized the previous albums has been abandoned for the expression of differing aspects of the self that at times hold opposing views and desires. This is best represented in the image chosen for the cover of the album, which depicts three figures in one body. The album seems to be the expression of not one unified self, but the various aspects of the self.
The artist plots a seductive, contemplative route through city haze on Voyeurs In the Dark, shuttling between graceful glimmering interludes, with wonderfully atmospheric songs at every stop.

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The record envelopes itself in a glorious shadow from the first guitar strums of opener Voyeurs In the Dark and the fizz of its drum machine, as shown in the slow waltz of I Don’t Want To Sober Up, dancing around its own swirling guitar chords.

Barzin dives deeper into a wash of cyclic bass, guitar, and synth riffs on Watching, as the gloom fades into light.

It’s Never Too Late To Lose Your Life has a much more affirming and urgent tone, with shade transforming into shapes and motion, whereas To Be Missed In the End develops its own ton -while To Be Missed In the End builds its own smoke in a cloud of saxophone and sparse guitar notes, closing out a record full to the brim with scatterbrain beauty and eclectic dusk.

Voyeurs In the Dark will be released worldwide on Monotreme Records on April 22nd 2022 digitally, followed by physical releases on CD and 180 g black vinyl on May 6th. Pre-orders of vinyl LPs or CDs from the Monotreme Records web shop will also include a free limited edition 27-page booklet of poems by Barzin, Playboys in the Holyland. Pre-orders here.

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