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Listening to the self-titled disc by Barzin Hosseini-Rad, it’s easy to conclude that the Toronto composer, singer and guitarist is a bit of a sad sack. Faraway loves, rainy days and broken dreams consume him and he’s not afraid to hold his agonies up to the light that’s pouring through the stained glass of his soul. Fortunately, the hushed, spare, slo-core sonics laid down here suit up Barzin’s slate-grey thoughts in appropriately dark threads. Fans of Idaho and similar slow burners will find much to enjoy in this sad, soft and very, very pretty release.

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