Bon Iver's New Track, "Heavenly Father"

bon-iver-justin-vernon_article_story_mainBon Iver‘s new track seems to be drawing new fans and seeing others return to the faithful fold. The song, “Heavenly Father,” was inspired by and will be featured in the new film by Zach BraffWish I Was Here. The soundtrack also features the work of The Shins, among other indie rock heroes, who were famously featured in Braff’s directorial debut feature, Garden State.

You can hear the new track over at NPR.

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If you’re an indie-folk fan and felt a cold chill shoot down your spine earlier today, we may know the cause. Justin Vernon is working on handful of projects at the moment, but has revealed he is unsure whether he will return to his most well-known creative outlet, Bon Iver.

Speaking with Triple J in a new interview, Vernon suggested he was nowhere near the headspace necessary to begin work on a new Bon Iver project. He said:

I don’t really write songs anymore. The last Bon Iver record was a very ˜sitting down with a guitar and writing’ kind of record. I really have to be in a specific headspace to even begin to illuminate an idea that would create another Bon Iver record, and I’m just not there¦
I’m really honoured that Bon Iver gives me a platform to do whatever I want, but there’s only so much time you can spend digging through yourself before you become insular. I’m not in a hurry to go back to that temperature. All of the music I’ve been making shifting away from Bon Iver feels really good¦ so if I ever do go back to Bon Iver it will be all the better for it.

The key phrase that has fans up in arms from this chunk of dialogue is, “if I ever do go back to Bon Iver.” It has lead many to believe For Emma, Forever Ago may indeed have been the final Bon Iver release. But take solace, fans; as that project has always been directed solely by Vernon, his future output, no matter the name, can be viewed simply as an evolution of the same artistic vision. We will be listening for what’s next.

Featured Artist: Kory Murphy

If you love bands like Of Monsters & Men, Mumford & Sons, and Bon Iver, you’re going to love this week’s featured artist, Kory Murphy. Originally from the American midwest, Murphy has traveled all over the world in an effort to both strengthen and promote his music. With rootsy, neo-folk tinges, his recordings use simple and classic instrumentation, with guitar and keyboard offset by harmonica and occasionally forays into various unconventional forms of percussion. You can listen to “Lion and the Mouse” after the jump. (more…)

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Your Country's Right Here: Anais Mitchell Barnstorms for Good Folk

Anais Mitchell wants listeners to fully immerse themselves in her music.

Such passion for her songs and her efforts to have them reach listeners on a visceral level is one reason that Mitchell is loved by so many, including such high-profile artists as her own musical idol Ani DiFranco and the members of the GRAMMMY Award winning Bon Iver. Although Mitchell has barely cracked her 30s, she projects the insights and virtuosity of some folk artists who performed well before she was born. Any doubters need only sample her most recent album Young Man in America. (more…)