Bon Iver (pronounced: bohn eevair; French for “good winter” and spelled wrong on purpose) is a greeting, a celebration and a sentiment.
It is a new statement of an artist moving on and establishing the groundwork for a lasting career. For Emma, Forever Ago is the debut of this lineage of songs.
Despite its complexity, the record was created entirely by Justin Vernon with nothing more than a few microphones and some aged recording equipment. This homemade aspect shows itself slightly in sections as creaks and accidentals are exposed in the folds of the songs, but is hidden well by the highly impressive and almost orchestral sound that Vernon managed to produce by his lonesome, within the creaky skeleton of his father’s cabin.
The songs are haunting, and before you know it, you’ll find yourself humming “Skinny Love” throughout the entire day. Vernon’s voice grows greanier as it gets louder, but he manages to maintain a subtle delicacy that makes each and every moment of this heart-stirring album a pleasure for your ears.
For Emma, Forever Ago is set to be released on Jagjaguwar early next year.
You can stream the whole album here.
Bon Iver – For Emma
from the forthcoming album “For Emma, Forever Ago”