Bon Iver announces ’22, A Million’ Performed new album in full at Eaux Claires



Tonight, under the Perseid Meteor shower, Bon Iver announced their new album, their first in 5 years, from the Eaux Claires stage. 22, A Million is out worldwide on September 30th, 2016.  Don’t fret though, there’s no need to wait that long to hear new music. In fact, you don’t have to wait at all. Extended versions of the first two tracks, “22 (OVER S∞∞N)” and “10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄” are available now on streaming services along with lyric videos (which you can peep below). A 12” LP of these two tracks, entitled ’22/10′, is available for sale on site at Eaux Claires Festival, as part of a pre-order bundle and, upon release date of the full-length, at select stores.

22, A Million Tracklist:
1. 22 (OVER S∞∞N)
2. 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄
3. 715 – CR∑∑KS
4. 33 “GOD”
5. 29 #Strafford APTS
6. 666 ʇ
7. 21 M◊◊N WATER
8. 8 (circle)
9. ____45_____
10. 00000 Million

22 stands for Justin Vernon. The number’s recurrence in his life has become a meaningful pattern through encounter and recognition. A mile marker, a jersey number, a bill total. The reflection of ‘2’ is his identity bound up in duality: the relationship he has with himself and the relationship he has with the rest of the world. A Million is the rest of that world: the millions of people who we will never know, the infinite and the endless, everything outside one’s self that makes you who you are. The other side of Justin’s duality is the thing that completes him and what he searches for. 22, A Million is thus part love letter, part final resting place of two decades of searching for self-understanding like a religion. And the inner-resolution of maybe never finding that understanding. When Justin sings, “I’m still standing in the need of prayer” he begs the question of what’s worth worshipping, or rather, what is possible to worship. If music is a sacred form of discovering, knowing and being, then Bon Iver’s albums are totems to that faith.

The poly-fi record formed at the congruence of a bold yet delicate sonic palette. These sounds were the way out from the suffocating enclosure and captivity of anxiety. The ten songs of 22, A Million are a collection of sacred moments, love’s torment and salvation, contexts of intense memories, signs that you can pin meaning onto or disregard coincidence. If 2011’s Bon Iver, Bon Iver built a habitat rooted in physical spaces, then 22, A Million is the letting go of that attachment to a place.

We know you’ve been waiting, we hope you’re excited (we are too).

Sat. August 13 – Eau Claire, WI @ Eaux Claires (TIX)
Sat. October 1 – Berlin, DE @ Funkhaus (TIX)
Tue. October 18 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater & (SOLD OUT)
Wed. October 19 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater & (SOLD OUT)
Thu. October 20 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater & (SOLD OUT)
Sat. October 22 – Orange County, CA @ Beach Goth (TIX)
Sun. October 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Hollywood Bowl (TIX)
Wed. October 26 – San Diego, CA @ Copley Symphony Hall # (TIX)

& = w/ Francis and the Lights
= w/ Patti Smith
# = w/ Julianna Barwick

Photo credit: Cameron Wittig & Crystal Quinn