Bon Iver seems to be everywhere these days. Whether he’s singing on a Kanye West album or debuting at Number 2 on the Billboard Charts, Justin Vernon’s folk project that started in a cabin in Wisconsin has turned into something bigger than he could have imagined. He seems to have inspired a whole new generation to grow out their beards and write some good old fashioned folk songs. Which brings us to one of the best folk bands we have here on OurStage, Statue of Liberty.
Just like Bon Iver, Statue of Liberty hail from the midwest; Des Moines, IA to be exact. The band is a duo consisting of Bobby Bradford and Marywood Kate. Playing guitar and piano respectively, the two share vocal duties to create blissfully sweet vocal harmonies. Their song “Thick of It All” best exemplifies the comparisons to Bon Iver. Beginning with a delicate acoustic guitar melody, the two members sing together in seemingly perfect harmony. This creates a really breath-taking effect where the deep male voice and high-pitched female voice combine so seamlessly that it almost sounds like one voice. The track builds momentum, with a bass drum eventually coming in to provide a steady beat and some hand percussion to create more texture.