Fun fact: Similar to Darius Rucker and Hootie and the Blowfish, the frontman for Bon Iver is not named Bon Iver. Bon Iver is actually the name of the music project, while the creater/frontman is Justin Veron. So if you run into him at the mall, don’t make that mistake. Embarassing…
You may be familiar with Bon Iver from the first album, For Emma, Forever Ago, which was written in a Wisconsin cabin while recovering from heartbreak and mono. And I mention that because, when you hear the record, it sounds exactly like the description. Just like that first album, the best word to describe Bon Iver is beautiful. The vocals and harmony feel airy and full at the same time, and there is just enough percussion to keep the music from drifting into the background.
Yet, at the same time, I’m kind of bummed this record is coming out when it is. To me, this is winter music, not summer music. It doesn’t feel right to be listening to this when it’s 95° and sunny. I want to listen to this record curled up in front of a fireplace, rather than sweating in front of a fan.
Below, you can watch Justin Vernon’s interview with Stephen Colbert last night*, as well as a performance of the track “Calgary” from the new album. You can also stream the full record over at the New York Times. But after you do that, make sure you get down to your friendly local record store and buy it on vinyl.
* Justin mentioned in the interview that he was a women’s studies minor while in college. To that I say: thanks for not being a sexist asshole.