BON IVER

First it was For Emma, Forever Ago. The soul in a refraction of icicles. A moment hanging like breath on air. And yet life – even still life – is not still. The story is not a story if it does not unravel. Your eyes you may cast backward, but the heart is locked in the chest and must beat forever forward. Bon Iver, Bon Iver is the frozen beast pressing upward from a loosening earth, one ear cocked to the echo of the ghost choir still singing, the other craving the martial call of drums tumbling, of thrum and wheeze. The desolation smoke has dissipated, cut with strips of brass. Celebration will not be denied, the cabinet cannot contain the rattle, there is meat on the bones. It's there right away, in the thicker-stringed guitar and military snare of "Perth," and "Minnesota, WI." Anyone who had a single listen to For Emma will peg Justin Vernon's vocals immediately, but there is a sturdiness – an insistence – to Bon Iver, Bon Iver that allows him to escape the cabin in the woods without burning it to the ground. "Holocene" opens with simple finger-picking. The vocal is regret spun hollow and strung on a wire. Then the snare-beat breaks and drives us forward and up and up until we fly silent through the black-star night, our wreckage in view whole atmospheres below. The vocals in "Hinnom, TX" ease to the muffled depths, while the instrumentation remains sparse and cosmic. "Calgary" is a worship song to everything For Emma mourned, and at the point in the final track "Beth/Rest" when Vernon sings, "I ain't livin' in the dark no more" it is clear he isn't dancing in the sunshine, but rather shading toward a new light. "Bon Iver is often equated with just me," says Vernon, "but you are who surrounds you, and for Bon Iver, Bon Iver I wanted to invite those voices as musical catalysts." Thus on the track "Beth/Rest" and throughout the album, we hear the pedal steel of Greg Leisz (Lucinda Williams, Bill Frisell), the uniquely layered low end of Colin Stetson's (Tom Waits, Arcade Fire) saxophones, the riffing of Mike Lewis' (Happy Apple, Andrew Bird) altos and tenors, and the lush horns of C.J. Camerieri (Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens). Bon Iver regulars Sean Carey, Mike Noyce and Matt McCaughan contributed vocals, drums and production, Rob Moose (Antony and the Johnsons, The National) helped with arranging and added strings, and fellow members of Volcano Choir, Jim Schoenecker and Tom Wincek provided processing. Bon Iver, Bon Iver was recorded and mixed at April Base Studios, a remodeled veterinarian's clinic located in rural Fall Creek, Wisconsin. The main recording space is constructed over a defunct indoor pool attached to the clinic. "It's an unique space and destination; it's our home out here," says Vernon, who purchased the structure with his brother in late 2008 with the sole intention of converting it into his ideal recording studio. "It's been a wonderful freedom, working in a place we built. It's also only three miles from the house I grew up in, and just ten minutes from the bar where my parents met." The creation of Bon Iver, Bon Iver was a three-year process, and Vernon says the completion of the studio paralleled the completion of the album. "I was writing and recording in the windows of time snatched between tours in support of For Emma," he says. "When I finally came home to hunker down for a solid stretch there was a feeling of solid ground and an opportunity for liberation waiting in the space for me." In the absence of solid ground, the whirlwind becomes a whirlpool, and Bon Iver, Bon Iver is Justin Vernon returning to former haunts with a new spirit. The reprises are there – solitude, quietude, hope and desperation compressed – but always a rhythm arises, a pulse vivified by gratitude and grace notes, some as bright as a bicycle bell. The winter, the legend, has faded to just that, and this is the new momentary present. The icicles have dropped, rising up again as grass. - Michael Perry ---------------------------------------------------- Read the lyrics to Bon Iver, Bon Iver HERE.

LISTEN // Volcano Choir Debuts Second Single “Comrade” from ‘Repave’, Fall Tour Dates On Sale Now

Just under three weeks away from the release of Volcano Choir‘s Repave, and we have anther track for you to hear! Watch the visual and listen to Repave‘s second single, Comrade above or here on YouTube. Dan Huiting took footage taken on location at April Base Studios during the band’s final mixing weekend and subsequent photo shoot to create the visual for the second single.

Tickets for the band’s Fall tour and pre-order links for ‘Repave’ out September 3rd in the US (2nd in the UK) are below.
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ALBUM RELEASE // Justin Vernon-Curated Label, Chigliak, Announces Release Of Sarah Siskind’s ‘Covered’, Premieres Title Track

Cigliak announced today that Covered by Sara Siskind will be released July 16th. Chigliak is a record label personally curated by Justin Veron (of Bon Iver and Volcano Choir) and releases albums that were recorded, but never commercially put out for an official release. In a statement from the label’s website, “We all have that band that changed our lives, that you feel like not nearly enough people have heard. This is Chigliak’s modus operandi; be changed and enjoy”.

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LISTEN UP // Justin Vernon Releases New Album Under The Shouting Matches Moniker

Good afternoon! Justin Vernon has teamed up with Phil Cook and Peter Wolf Crier’s Brian Moen for a new project called The Shouting Matches. NPR is streaming the group’s debut album in full; head HERE to stream Grownass Man. The album is officially out tomorrow!

“It’s the work of a guy who loves playing music — who’s drawn influence from Talk Talk and Bruce Hornsby and many points in between — and saw an opportunity to have a blast on the side with friends he’s joined on stage whenever possible.”Stephen Thompson

You can see The Shouting Matches live at Coachella this weekend, as well as next!

BON IVER GOES GOLD! Both Albums Certified Gold In Same Week

We could not be happier to share the wonderful news that Bon Iver has gone gold! The story goes a little something like this….2008 saw the release of Bon Iver’s debut album For Emma, Forever Ago. Cue lots of touring. Jump to the summer of 2011 and a brand new record by the name of Bon Iver, Bon Iver. Cue more touring, festivals, a Grammy or two, late night television performances – you get the gist. Arrive at January 2013, more specifically the week of January 13-19 when BOTH OF BON IVER’s full-length albums crossed the 500,000 threshold and went GOLD (as in RIAA-certified Gold records in the United States). Please join us in congratulating Justin Vernon and the Bon Iver family on this huge accomplishment!

 
To sum up how we’re feeling at Jagjaguwar today…


Beth/Rest by Bon Iver

Towers by Bon Iver

Holocene by Bon Iver

Calgary by Bon Iver

Wolves by Bon Iver

Holocene by Bon Iver
Calgary by Bon Iver
Skinny Love by Bon Iver
Blood Bank by Bon Iver

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