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Barzin is a Canadian singer-songwriter named Barzin Hosseini.

Slow and melancholic, introspective and confessional: These words in some ways describe the sound of Barzin. A project that began sometime in 1995, Barzin was a solo endeavor at its inception. But somewhere along the way it shed its solitary skin allowing a wide array of characters into it’s sound. From amongst a rotating cast of musicians, who occasionally made appearances on recordings and at performances, three individuals slowly became a fixture of this project. The three characters in question are Mike Findlay, Suzanne Hancock, and Tony Dekker (Great Lake Swimmers). On 2003, Barzin released its self-titled debut album through the Montreal based label, Where Are My Records. The following year an E.P. titled Songs for Hinah, was released through the French based label, Hinah. And in 2006, the second full-length album titled My Life in Rooms was released in Canada through Weewerk Records and in Europe and U.S. through Monotreme Records.

Barzin’s second album, entitled My Life In Rooms, walks a minimalist line between chamber pop, alt-country, and indie rock. This collection of songs leans toward the melancholic writing of such bands as Tindersticks and Mojave 3.

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  • Lostphotograph

    Moonpalace Record is a Spanish record label that has been releasing records for over 10 years. They release hand crafted albums in small limited numbers. It's wonderful to have the opportunity to finally work with them. They are releasing an E.P. containing 5 unreleased songs. These songs were recorded over the past 10 years while I was working on my full length albums, but I was never able to find a place for them on my albums. I received help from some very talented musicians & engineers such as: Nick Zubeck, Marshall Bureau, Robbie Grunwald, Chris Stringer, David Hermiston, James Bunton, Sandro Perri, Michael Plater Findlay, Ryan Carley, Dee Blanche, Darren Wall, Mitchell Girio, Jennifer Foster, Mackenzie Kristjon. Only 100 cds were made. For those interested, you can pre-order the album starting today until April 16th here: http://www.moonpalacerecords.com/tienda.html You can listen to the tracks here: http://moonpalacerecords.bandcamp.com/album/mr029-moonpalace-ep

    14 Apr 5:56am Reply
  • ekesner

    I'd kill to find his old stuff from mp3.com

    20 Mar 2:05am Reply
  • Mandaah86

    I love the new album!!! ♥

    24 Feb 9:11am Reply
  • Lostphotograph

    Here it is – the first video from the new album. Premiering on Exclaim! for the song, “All The While.” Directed by the fiercely talented, Jason Yeomans. http://exclaim.ca/MusicVideo/ClickHear/barzin-all_while_video

    14 Feb 1:11pm Reply
  • Lostphotograph

    I'll be returning to Europe this spring for a full band tour! More shows will be added in the coming days. info here: http://www.monotremerecords.com/?p=4204

    11 Feb 12:58am Reply
  • Lostphotograph

    USA Today premiers new track "Fake it 'til You Make It." http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2014/01/31/barzin-fake-it-til-you-make-it-premiere/5079135/

    1 Feb 5:47am Reply
  • Lostphotograph

    New Album. Rolling Stone premiere The new album, To Live Alone In That Long Summer, is finally completed. It will be released worldwide on Feb. 25th through Monotreme Records, http://www.monotremerecords.com/, excluding Italy. It will be released in Italy through Ghost Records on March 2nd. http://www.ghostrecords.it/. You can listen to a track from the new album at Rolling Stone.com The song "All The While" premieres today on their website. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/all-the-while-by-barzin-free-mp3-20131212 The album will not be available until end of Feb. but you can pre-order it now through Monotreme Records http://monotremerecords.limitedrun.com/products/521365 and Ghost Records http://ghostrecords.it/ita/albums/?id=53 I couldn't have made this album without the help of some very wonderful and talented musicians. You can see the list of people involved in the making of this album here. http://www.barzinh.com/

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • SPHRTH

    I don't listen to this guy nearly as much as I should

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Lostphotograph

    Some time ago, I had the pleasure of doing an interview with Jules Johnson for his "More Than Robots" podcast. We spoke mainly about the album "My Life In Room." The Podcast is available now. http://morethanrobots.me/post/66203117738/007-my-life-in-rooms

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Lostphotograph

    Toronto photographer, Rebecca Wood, has been kind enough to allow me to use her photographs from her "What Feels To Be True" series for my new album. The new album is called "To Live Alone In That Long Summer. It will be released in March 2014 by Monotreme Records and Ghost Records (Italy Only). http://instagram.com/p/fBoZ7cAzXS/

    4 Oct 2013 Reply
  • soffysoffy

    want listen and listen... thank u!

    7 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Dreamglasses

    Your music is wonderful.

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Lostphotograph

    Three years ago I began working on a new album. I think I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. The new album will be released in Spring of 2014. There are many good people to thank in due time.

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Ayan-Ray

    It's amusing how so much of Barzin's music is about taking notes, either in your head or on paper. He's even got an album called Notes to an Absent Lover. I agree with Franciele. His music makes you want to drop everything you're doing and just listen to the honesty in his voice.

    11 Nov 2012 Reply
  • skazzembar

    http://lovelesswhizzkid.bandcamp.com/ Axelle in Wonderland by Loveless Whizzkid expertly recorded by Sacha Tilotta and mastered by Bob Weston

    27 Aug 2012 Reply
  • francielemgns

    It's amazing how your music can keep me calm. Should be something on your calm and slow voice, your lyrics, your style. Such talent!

    26 May 2012 Reply
  • francielemgns

    Story told to you when you were a child that you will never forget: How my grandmother and grandfather met. The story goes that my grandfather was passing through the town my grandmother lived in. One day, as he is walking by her house, she throws an apple at him from the roof of her house. Somedays later he returns to her house and asks for her hand in marriage. There is something fable-like about that story. People don’t marry like that anymore. =]

    26 May 2012 Reply
  • Lostphotograph

    Here are some additional dates to the European tour. These shows will not be with the Great Lake Swimmers. Tues. April 10 - Groningen, NL @ Wishful Music Wed. April 11 - Amsterdam, NL @ Sound Garden Cafe Mon. April 30 - Varese, IT @ La Sauna Recording Studio Tues. May 1st - Rome, IT @ Blackmarket as part of '"unplugged in Monti' series

    6 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Lostphotograph

    A European tour will be taking place in April 2012, opening up for The Great Lake Swimmers. I will be joined on stage by the very talented Amy Manusow. Here are the dates: European Tour Dates: Thu, April 12 - London, UK @ Cargo Fri, April 13 - Birmingham, UK @ The Rainbow Sat, April 14 - Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Insitute Sun, April 15 - Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store Mon, April 16 - Brussels, BE @ Botanique Tue, April 17 - Diksmuide, BE @ 4AD Wed, April 18 - Ottersum, NL @ Roepaen Thu, April 19 - Groningen, NL @ Vera Fri, April 20 - Berlin, DE @ HBC Sat, April 21 - Hamburg, DE @ Prinzenbar Sun, April 22 - Munich, DE @ Kultur Schranne - Dachau Mon, April 23 - Basel, CH @ Sud Wed, April 25 - Brest, FR - InStore @ Dialogues Musiques Wed, April 25 - Brest, FR @ Le Vauban Thu, April 26 - Paris, FR @ Petit Bain Fri, April 27 - Turnhout, BE @ Warande

    4 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Lostphotograph

    Work on the new album continues. The release date is tentatively set for 2013. In the meantime, here is a song that was recorded a few years back. It is called “Sad and Beautiful World.” It never made it onto an album, nor will it have a home on the new album. So I thought I would share it with you. It was recorded and mixed by Chris Stringer. James Bunton appears on drums, and Michael Plater Findlay on lap steel guitar. Chris Stringer is on Bass. This song was written by Mark Linkous who was the founder of the band, Sparklehorse. He tragically passed away last year. http://soundcloud.com/monotreme-records/barzin-sad-and-beautiful-world

    23 Dec 2011 Reply
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