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.

WATCH // Bon Iver – “The Wolves (Act I and II)” Live

After playing four consecutive nights at Radio City Music Hall, Bon Iver ended their New York City run with an incredible concert at the Lower East Side’s Angel Orensanz Foundation, a gorgeous venue housed in a gothic revival synagogue. Frank Ocean opened the night and Justin and the gang later took the stage for the last performance in The Fader and vitaminwater uncapped 2012 series. Watch the encore of “The Wolves (Act I and II)” above! Read more about the show HERE.

WATCH: Bon Iver Perform “Towers” on Austin City Limits

Bon Iver on Austin City Limits “Towers” from Austin City Limits on Vimeo.

Earlier this year, Bon Iver headed south to tape a live performance for PBS’s long running show, Austin City Limits. Heading into their 38th season, ACL will begin to air those new episodes starting this October, with Bon Iver’s scheduled for the 13th. Watch Justin Vernon and the gang perform “Towers” in the ACL preview above!

Bon Iver will head back out on tour this fall. Dates include a four day run at Radio City Music Hall with support from Anais Mitchell and Polica. See the full list of shows HERE.

Justin Vernon Composes Song for The Silver Lake Chorus

The Silver Lake Chorus will self-release “From The Snow Tipped Hills” b/w “Wreckage” on September 14. Premiering today at Pitchfork, “From The Snow Tipped Mountains” is a song written especially for the group by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, while “Wreckage” came from The New Pornographers’ AC Newman. Listen to the gorgeous recording below!

For those unfamiliar, The Silver Lake Chorus is a collective of 25 singers who rock indie music by way of choral arrangements. Based in Los Angeles, TSLC is led by artistic and music directors Sam Rader and Mikey Wells. You may know the group from the theme song for the SNL feature film MacGruber or their work on The Lonely Island and Akon’s single, “I Just Had Sex.”

Bon Iver Team Up with Spotify & Indaba for Contest, Enter Your ‘Bon Iver, Bon Iver’ Remixes


Bon Iver fans have we got the contest for you! Bon Iver, Spotify and Indaba Music team up to bring you the Bon Iver, Bon Iver: Stems Project – a call-to-arms remix contest. Everyone now has the chance to leave their mark on any one of Bon Iver, Bon Iver‘s songs. Each song’s stems have been carefully documented and given inspirational place-names, and some songs even include previously unreleased parts that were cut from the album’s final mix.

All ten songs will have its own contest, giving you ten chances to win! The resulting remixes will be up for public voting and Bon Iver, with public voting results in hand, will decide the final winners. Those ten remixes will then be assembled as a complete album and released exclusively onSpotify for the world to hear. Not only will winners be placed on the album, but they will also receive $1,000 cash prize! Find out how to join in on the contest at bottom of post! Listen to a remix created by Bon Iver band member and Jagjaguwar artist S. Carey below!


How to participate in Bon Iver, Bon Iver: Stems Project:
1. Visit the Bon Iver, Bon Iver Stems Project remix page at Indaba Music.
1. Create a free Indaba Music membership.
2. Select a song(s) and download the stems.
3. Remixers will have from 08/01 to 08/29 to complete their remixes and upload them for consideration.
4. Voting begins on 08/30 through Bon Iver, Spotify, and Indaba Music‘s websites and social networks via Facebook (one vote per account).
5. Winners will be announced the around the third week of September, each earning a spot for their remix on the official Bon Iver, Bon Iver: Stems Project remix album on Spotify and a $1,000 cash prize.

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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