Bon 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 Braff, Wish 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.
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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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…)
At the beginning of August, Justin Vernon, singer/songwriter for the group Bon Iver, announced a remix contest for the band’s most recent self titled album. The stems from the record were released to the public so that fans and musicians could take a crack at making their own versions for a chance to be on the final exclusive Spotify release entitled Bon Iver, Bon Iver: Stems Project. After only a few months, the winners of this competition have finally been determined. You can now listen to all of their remixes on Spotify by clicking here.
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Many of us know that feeling when an album hits you just right during a crucial moment in your life. When everything you’re hearing”the sounds, the melodies, the emotions, the lyrics”matches everything you’re feeling. It all just seems to flow directly from the speakers to your heart and back again, as if there is some sort of etherial connection between yourself and the artist. Favorite records like these are what define us as music fans. They help us realize who we are and who our favorite artists or bands are.
But we also know the opposite feeling, when that same artist’s newest release falls flat, just as well. When the effort just does not amount to the previous release(s) that we hold so close to our hearts. As fans, we often form connections to artists and their music that they become a defining aspects of our identity. So, when our favorite musicians go in a new direction, we sometimes feel offended or even cheated, as if they have betrayed us in some way, leaving us alone with the nostalgia of a better time. (more…)