A project that began sometime in 1995, Barzin was a solo endeavor at its inception. Somewhere along the way, however, Barzin shed its solitary skin and introduced a wide array of characters into its sound. The three characters in... question are Mike Findlay, Suzanne Hancock, and Tony Dekker (Great Lake Swimmers). With the addition of these musicians the sound of the music has continued to remain true to the esthetics of quietness and minimalism. It still concerns itself with exploring the quiet side of pop.
Barzin's walks a minimalist line between chamber pop, alt-country, and indie rock. While continuing the lush, introspective musical dialogue the band first created with its self-titled debut album of 2003, their songs lean towards the melancholic writing. Barzin fuses instruments such as French horn, vibraphone, pedal steel, and a drum machine to create a unique, quiet music that is expansive and at times cinematic, while never losing its sense of intimacy or honesty.