VOLCANO CHOIR

"Shed skin/ Like a master" It's been four years since the first Volcano Choir album Unmap provided a glimpse into the collaborative mind set between a singer and the band that inspired him. Ideas were minted, written at a distance and realized in the studio; edges sanded back and flaps tucked in, the craftsmanship of the endeavor bearing evidence of the craft itself, and the technology used to assemble it. Unmap strove to find strands of life between the ones and zeroes - a carefully constructed narrative that lead the listener through its darkest passages like a tour guide leading their charges through a cave, with nothing but a slack length of rope and the senses of sound and touch. Just as importantly, it brought these people together, setting an expectation for themselves. Unmap was a luscious experiment. It was written through the mail, pieced together over years of passing notes and audio from one end of Wisconsin to the other. It was written before Volcano Choir was a 'proper' band. A playground of sorts for friends to explore different musical ideas. There were no plans. No preconceptions. It all just happened, and suddenly there was an abundance of music, and a band was formed through the purest form. Over a year after its well-received release in September 2009, a decision was made to adapt Unmap to live performance and to tour Japan. After which, it was clear that Volcano Choir existed as a fully formed entity, or as Justin Vernon succinctly puts it, "those six shows told us everything about what we could be." There would be another record, but as with Unmap, there was no timeline. There were writing sessions that continued for years, sometimes within a couple of months of one another, sometimes within half of a year between November 2010 and March 2013. The drafty ideas were being sealed up, slowly. The way Volcano Choir likes it. Suddenly there was Repave. Repave brings Volcano Choir into sharp focus. The glitch-laden, cautious presentation of the band's previous work serves as points of both reference and departure across these eight songs, the product of growing conviction and trust, of a fully-operational band, gifted in shading and nuance, and rumbling with power. It's the sound of the creative process as it evolves and ultimately explodes, the seamless structuring of electronic and acoustic/amplified instruments, multi-threaded with the timbre and technology of the human voice as it enters and exits the equation. Moreover, Repave is the sound of confident musicians extending their reach to anthemic peaks and pulling back to reveal moments of the utmost vulnerability, sure enough of themselves to let those moments stand on their own. The songs that make up Repave were started with Volcano Choir in mind and the first few songs formed were 'Alaskans', 'Acetate' and album highlight 'Almanac'. Repave focuses on the love and bond between the members of Volcano Choir, how their friendships were fortified over the years-long process of writing and recording these songs. There is openness to this work that won't be taken for granted – real, moving tales of change; sadness, loss and truth grace the wordplay of these tracks, an account of life between the fringes of poetry and reality. With each verse you can sense that somebody somewhere could be listening to this music and getting stronger, feeling better. A soupçon of heart and soul. Repave cements the idea of Volcano Choir that started with Unmap. It takes that musical playground and houses it in the context of a specific sound. Of a unified band. Repaved and filling that "hole in your heart."

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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WATCH // Volcano Choir Premieres The Making of ‘Repave’ Video For New Album Out September 3rd

Today, Volcano Choir gives you a rare look behind the scenes of their new album, Repave.

Recorded during the final mixing weekend at their April Base in Wisconsin, with additional shooting done at the photo shoot for the press photos, the Volcano Choir “Making Of Repave” documentary offers an unprecedented view of the band’s record making process. Mostly narrated through band’s front man, Justin Vernon, the footage includes interviews with each band member, live footage from their last tour in Japan, and a look at the truly collaborative process that created this beautiful and expansive record. Watch the mini documentary above and read more for Repave pre-order links and Fall tour dates for the group!

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WATCH // Volcano Choir Premieres Official “Byegone” Video, Pre-Order Limited Edition Clear ‘Repave’ Vinyl LP

Volcano Choir fans, the September release of Repave feels like it just around the corner. Today the group premieres another vision from the album with the official video to the album’s first single, “Byegone”. They recruited Japanese video artist Michinori Saigo to create a mesmerizing visual for the single, previously working with him as the director of on their “Island, IS” video. According to the band, Michinori is, “a guy on the other side of the world, with different ideas and a different perspective, that somehow captures exactly what we want to say.”

You can watch the video for “Byegone” above or on VEVO’s website HERE and then peep the limited edition clear vinyl version of the album BELOW including a list of Fall tour dates for Volcano Choir through the Midwest and East Coast.

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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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Tiderays by Volcano Choir

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Byegone by Volcano Choir
Island, Is by Volcano Choir

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