Stream: Listen to Bon Iver’s new album in full at SMH or The Age!
Bon Iver, the musical project of Justin Vernon that emerged in 2008 with ‘For Emma, Forever Ago,’ have just released their second album, earning even more critical acclaim. Now, for a limited time, you can stream the new, self-titled album in full, thanks to the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
Featuring 10 new songs penned by Vernon, the album’ expands the group’s sonic palette beyond the rustic acoustics of the debut into a lush landscape of silky electric guitars, beautifully intricate keys and subtle horn and string sections while keeping the ghost choirs and densely layered vocals intact that Bon Iver has become so known for.
Painstakingly crafted over three years, the album was recorded and mixed at April Base Studios, a former veterinarian’s clinic in Fall Creek, WI, converted into a recording studio by Vernon and his brother. 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 strings; and Jim Schoenecker and Tom Wincek (who have previously collaborated with Vernon under the Volcano Choir moniker) provided processing. The album also features the pedal steel of Greg Leisz (Lucinda Williams, Bill Frisell) and a horn section including Colin Stetson (Tom Waits, Arcade Fire), Mike Lewis (Andrew Bird, Happy Apple), and C.J. Camerieri (Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens).
Bon Iver ‘Bon Iver’ is out now on Jajaguwar via Inertia