By Frank Bell
Four years in making, ‘Voyeurs In the Dark’ is Toronto artist Barzin’s fifth studio album. That the album is more cinematic in its scope and conceptual in feel than his previous studio albums can be attributed to the time he spent over the past several years composing the soundtrack for the independent film, Viewfinder.
‘Voyeurs In the Dark’ retains that cinematic quality, and at the same time infuses the music with elements taken from Jazz, electronica, rock and pop. Having primarily explored the quiet side of pop and folk in his previous four albums, Barzin has expanded his musical palate, broadening his sound towards a more experimental direction, while still retaining his preoccupation with exploring the internal landscape.
See for example album title track ‘Voyeurs In The Dark’. The video for ‘Voyeurs in the Dark’, takes you on a sensual journey through a nocturnal cityscape. “I remember, years ago, coming across a passage written by the writer and psychologist, James Hillman”, explains Barzin. It said: “‘The only solution to the longing for union is union with longing.’ This has stayed with me ever since, and I think it has informed this song.”