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Genres Slowcore, folk, indie
Occupation(s) Vocalist, singer-songwriter
Years active 1995–present
Labels Monotreme, Where Are My Records

Barzin is a Canadian singer-songwriter known for his slow and melancholic songs. Barzin has released four albums in his career, and his style has been compared to such bands as Mojave 3 and Mazzy Star.[by whom?][1]


Barzin playing in Toronto, Canada (2009)

A project that began sometime in 1995, Barzin was a solo endeavor at its inception, the work of Barzin Hosseini.[2][3] Somewhere along the way, however, Barzin shed its solitary skin and introduced a wide array of characters into its 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 of Great Lake Swimmers. With the addition of these musicians the sound of the music has continued to remain true to the aesthetics of quietness and minimalism. It still concerns itself with exploring the quiet side of pop.

In 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 Europe through Monotreme Records, described by Allmusic as "a lush, lovely, and ultimately monochromatic effort".[3]

Barzin's third album, Notes to an Absent Lover, was released in 2009, The Independent stating "its ambient textures feel rich enough to luxuriate in, evoking the suspended animation of big sadness with exquisite poise".[4]

In 2013 Barzin released his 4th album entitled “To Live Alone In That Long Summer.” The Album was released by Monotreme Records and Ghost Records. It received favourable reviews in publications such as Rolling Stones, New York Times, USA Today.

The band has drawn comparisons to Low, Red House Painters, and Sparklehorse.[2][3]


Studio albums[edit]


  • Barzin, 2000[5]
  • Songs for Hinah, 2004
  • Just More Drugs, 2006
  • Look What Love Has Turned Us Into, 2009
  • Moonpalace, 2014


  1. ^ Siddiqui, Tabassum (2009-03-12). "Northern Exposure: CMW (Barzin)". Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  2. ^ a b Couture, François. "Barzin Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  3. ^ a b c Whitman, Andy "My Life in Rooms Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  4. ^ Harley, Kevin (2009) "Albums Reviews: Barzin: Notes to an Absent Lover", The Independent, 31 January 2009
  5. ^ "Barzin - Barzin (EP)". Retrieved 2016-05-28. 

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