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Concert Footage of Volcano Choir Performing “Island, IS” in Tokyo

Pardon my French, but Good Lord! This is incredible. Contrarede filmed the band’s concert (specifically “Island, IS) at O-West.  Justin Vernon tweeted “dudes! were playing! it’s goin good!” at us yesterday, and like, yeah, dude, that is an understatement.

Chris Rosenau makes a new partner...a Cocktail Partner

Chris Rosenau makes a new partner...a Cocktail Partner

It looks like the boys are having a fun time in Japan. Justin has been posting photos from the tour on the blogtower.

VOLCANO CHOIR Island, IS Video Premiere

Here is the new video for VOLCANO CHOIR’S Island, IS. Hypnotic squares projected onto a bridge sync up beautifully with this track from Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Wisconsin band Collections of Colonies of Bees aka Volcano Choir. Directed by Michinori Saigo of the Contrarede label.

Jagjaguwar Debuts First Song From Volcano Choir’s Unmap, Island, IS

The origins of Unmap, the first collaboration between Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Milwaukee band Collections of Colonies of Bees, were recorded before For Emma, Forever Ago was mixed and mastered. Justin has credited The Volcano Choir collaborations with inspiring in him the creative courage to produce his much-beloved Bon Iver recordings.

Now more than three years in the making, Volcano Choir’s Unmap will be released on September 22 on Jagjaguwar. The first single, “Island, IS” is centrally constructed around the multi-layered loops by guitarist Chris Rosenau and microsecond cuts by Thomas Wincek. Justin, responsible for all of Volcano Choir’s vocals, crafted consonant harmonies. Not initially concerned with lyrics, the words that came from the sounds were secondary, but ended up a tremendously meaningful stream-of-consciousness.

Justin’s admiration for Collections of Colonies of Bees came from listening to and learning from their experimental processes – throwing and painting with chords, tones and percussion. The resulting collaboration is a genre-blurring musical expression that could not have come otherwise.

Listen to “Island, IS” HERE.

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