June 22, 2011

New Music: Bon Iver

Bon Iver (aka Justin Vernon) has just released his self-titled follow-up to 2007's For Emma, Forever Ago, an album I never really got into. I streamed the new album last week and was struck by its dense orchestration and carefully crafted soundscapes. Now that it's officially out, Bon Iver (which probably has more in common with the style of Vernon's side project, Volcano Choir) is garnering rave reviews across the board: it's lush, layered, and, like Bon Iver's celebrated debut, seems to capture Vernon at his most intimate and vulnerable. It also features some beautiful album art (above).

Below you'll find Vernon in a recent interview with Stephen Colbert and a performance of the album's lead single, "Calgary." The guy is incredibly likable, and I'm expecting to see Bon Iver near the top of virtually every critic's list come December. It may sound a little too close to Coldplay at first, but don't let his Chris Martin-esque falsetto fool you: this isn't mere sentimental schmaltz. It's friggin' gorgeous.

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