BON IVER

First it was For Emma, Forever Ago. The soul in a refraction of icicles. A moment hanging like breath on air. And yet life even still life is not still. The story is not a story if it does not unravel. Your eyes you may cast backward, but the heart is locked in the chest and must beat forever forward. Bon Iver, Bon Iver is the frozen beast pressing upward from a loosening earth, one ear cocked to the echo of the ghost choir still singing, the other craving the martial call of drums tumbling, of thrum and wheeze. The desolation smoke has dissipated, cut with strips of brass. Celebration will not be denied, the cabinet cannot contain the rattle, there is meat on the bones. It's there right away, in the thicker-stringed guitar and military snare of "Perth," and "Minnesota, WI." Anyone who had a single listen to For Emma will peg Justin Vernon's vocals immediately, but there is a sturdiness an insistence to Bon Iver, Bon Iver that allows him to escape the cabin in the woods without burning it to the ground. "Holocene" opens with simple finger-picking. The vocal is regret spun hollow and strung on a wire. Then the snare-beat breaks and drives us forward and up and up until we fly silent through the black-star night, our wreckage in view whole atmospheres below. The vocals in "Hinnom, TX" ease to the muffled depths, while the instrumentation remains sparse and cosmic. "Calgary" is a worship song to everything For Emma mourned, and at the point in the final track "Beth/Rest" when Vernon sings, "I ain't livin' in the dark no more" it is clear he isn't dancing in the sunshine, but rather shading toward a new light. "Bon Iver is often equated with just me," says Vernon, "but you are who surrounds you, and for Bon Iver, Bon Iver I wanted to invite those voices as musical catalysts." Thus on the track "Beth/Rest" and throughout the album, we hear the pedal steel of Greg Leisz (Lucinda Williams, Bill Frisell), the uniquely layered low end of Colin Stetson's (Tom Waits, Arcade Fire) saxophones, the riffing of Mike Lewis' (Happy Apple, Andrew Bird) altos and tenors, and the lush horns of C.J. Camerieri (Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens). 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 added strings, and fellow members of Volcano Choir, Jim Schoenecker and Tom Wincek provided processing. Bon Iver, Bon Iver was recorded and mixed at April Base Studios, a remodeled veterinarian's clinic located in rural Fall Creek, Wisconsin. The main recording space is constructed over a defunct indoor pool attached to the clinic. "It's an unique space and destination; it's our home out here," says Vernon, who purchased the structure with his brother in late 2008 with the sole intention of converting it into his ideal recording studio. "It's been a wonderful freedom, working in a place we built. It's also only three miles from the house I grew up in, and just ten minutes from the bar where my parents met." The creation of Bon Iver, Bon Iver was a three-year process, and Vernon says the completion of the studio paralleled the completion of the album. "I was writing and recording in the windows of time snatched between tours in support of For Emma," he says. "When I finally came home to hunker down for a solid stretch there was a feeling of solid ground and an opportunity for liberation waiting in the space for me." In the absence of solid ground, the whirlwind becomes a whirlpool, and Bon Iver, Bon Iver is Justin Vernon returning to former haunts with a new spirit. The reprises are there solitude, quietude, hope and desperation compressed but always a rhythm arises, a pulse vivified by gratitude and grace notes, some as bright as a bicycle bell. The winter, the legend, has faded to just that, and this is the new momentary present. The icicles have dropped, rising up again as grass. - Michael Perry ---------------------------------------------------- Read the lyrics to Bon Iver, Bon Iver HERE.

LISTEN // S. Carey Shares “Crown the Pines”, New Album ‘Range of Light’ Out 4/1

Today S. Carey grants us another preview of his upcoming album, Range of Light, with the song “Crown the Pines” via The A.V. Club premiere. Listen to the beauty above or on our YouTube / Soundcloud channels. If you want the song today for download, pre-order the new album on iTunes and you’ll get both “Fire-scene” and “Crown the Pines” instantly.

Range of Light is now available for pre-order via iTunes. A pre-order with instant-grat is also available through SC Distribution, in addition to a Range of Light deluxe package, which includes limited-edition marble vinyl and a limited-edition “Fire-scene” 7″, featuring exclusive b-side “Chrysalis.” Lastly the new album is available via Amazon and your local record store.


Get tickets for all dates here.

TOUR DATES:
4/03 | Iowa City, IA @ Mission Creek Festival
4/05 | Norman, OK @ The Opolis *
4/06 | Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
4/07 | Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain *
4/09 | New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar *
4/10 | Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree *
4/11 | Decatur, GA @ Eddie’s Attic *
4/12 | Raleigh, NC @ Kings *
4/13 | Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel *
4/14 | Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle *
4/16 | New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge *
4/17 | Allston, MA @ Great Scott *
4/18 | Montreal, QC @ Il Motore *
4/19 | Toronto, ON @ The Garrison *
4/21 | Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room at The Crofoot *
4/22 | Grand Rapids, MI @ The Ladies Literary Club *
4/23 | Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
4/24 | Milwaukee, WI @ Club Garibaldi *
4/25 | Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center *
5/16 | Leeds, UK @ The Wardrobe
5/17 | Manchester, UK @ Royal Northern College of Music
5/18 | Glasgow, UK @ CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts
5/19 | Gateshead, UK @ The Sage Gateshead
5/21 | Norwich, UK @ Arts Centre
5/22 | London, UK @ Village Underground
5/23 | Brussels, BE @ Le Gran Salon at Les Nuits
5/24 | Utrecht, NL @ Le Guess Who?
5/26 | Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik
5/27 | Oslo, NO @ John Dee
5/28 | Copenhagen, DK @ Vega (Small Hall)
5/30 | Berlin, DE @ Lido
5/31 | Dortmund, DE @ Way Back When Festival
6/01 | Luxembourg, LU @ EXIT07
6/03 | Paris, France @ Le Point Ephémère

* w/ White Hinterland

WATCH // S. Carey Shares “Fire-scene” Video Via FILTER Premiere, Announces New EU Tour Dates



Via FILTER Premiere, S. Carey shares the first video from his new full length album Range of Light out April 1st, 2014 (March 31 in UK).

Filmed mostly in and around Spokane, Washington, the video for “Fire-scene” by director Joe Baughman looks to further intoxicate the mind with the intended imagery already created by S. Carey in the song. We see virtually untouched snow covered landscapes and sprawling mountains, the hustle of workers in the industrial backdrop of Spokane, and more to compliment S. Carey’s ethereal music. Watch the video above our on our YouTube channel here.

Some thoughts on the video from the director:

“Working with S. Carey to conceptualize how “Fire-scene” would look as a visible medium was one of the least difficult things I’ve done. The carefully crafted song is, with audio alone, full of magnificent images. My task was to take the images that were right in front of me and transfer them into something anybody with sight could view.

The most important aspect of this video is the location: Eastern Washington, specifically Spokane, WA and its surrounding area. I also filmed some of it in Indiana (where I’m from).

Even though there were innumerable possibilities at the editing table, it seemed to piece itself together very nicely. The video, without spoiling the freedom of interpretation, has so many natural juxtapositions of tone, color, shape, and space that I was easily able to make it suggest what I wanted it to suggest and more. The beauty of a song and video like “Fire-scene” is that the interpretations are endless and heavily reliant upon the viewer’s own thoughts and experience, thus exceeding the suggestions of the musician and the director”

Range of Light is now available for pre-order via iTunes, and comes with an instant-grat download of “Fire-scene.” A pre-order with instant-grat is also available through SC Distribution, in addition to a Range of Light deluxe package, which includes limited-edition marble vinyl and a limited-edition “Fire-scene” 7″, featuring exclusive b-side “Chrysalis.” Others can also find the new album available via Amazon and your local record store.

Click read more to get album artwork, the track list, and tour dates starting in Iowa on release week in April with newly announced European tour dates in May.
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WATCH // Justin Vernon Performs “Holocene” With The Roots For Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, See Volcano Choir At Primavera Sound In May

Justin Vernon [Volcano Choir, Bon Iver] joined The Roots this past Friday on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and they group performed a special version of “Holocene” from Bon Iver’s 2011 self-titled album. You can watch the performance above or here on Late Night’s site. If you missed it, watch Volcano Choir play Late Night back in the fall right here.

If you haven’t already grab Volcano Choir‘s Repave on iTunes, Amazon, your local record store, and from SC Distribution.

See Volcano Choir live soon including an appearance at Primavera Sound in Barcelona this May. Keep up with their live dates here.

ALBUM RELEASE // Volcano Choir’s ‘Repave’ Out Today, New Tour Dates Through January

The day has finally come! Volcano Choir‘s new album, Repave,is available today in stores and online! Repave is the followup album to 2009′s Unmap with a more expansive sound making for memorable recordings which will hypnotize listeners and leave concert goers in awe on their upcoming tour.

Purchase the new album on iTunes, Amazon, your local record store, and from SC Distribution.

Also, a special Volcano Choir Reddit “Ask Me Anything” will happen tomorrow, September 4th, at 3pm EST including members of the band HERE. Redditors can ask the band what they’ll play this coming Tuesday, September 10th, when Volcano Choir makes their TV debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Read more below for buy links, early reviews, and newly announced tour dates through January.

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