— By Lindsey Rae, MTM Indie Rocker
In 2008, singer-songwriter Justin Vernon took the indie world by storm with the release of his newest project, Bon Iver. As the story goes, a world-weary and heartsick Vernon took to the Wisconsin woods for a long winter, during which he recorded “For Emma, Forever Ago” using rickety equipment and his own talent and innovation. The album was a critical darling, and although fans have spent the last three years grasping for any hint of new material, we’ve had to make do with collaborative efforts (such as “Roslyn” for the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack and “Lost in the World” with Kanye West).
This spring, music fans everywhere were delighted to hear that a new, eponymous album was due to be released in the summer. We’ll have to wait until June 21 for the complete release, but to tide us over, the band has released their first single, “Calgary”, as a free download via their website. It’s a catchy tune that reflects Vernon’s growth as both a songwriter and a collaborative musician.
Bon Iver will tour throughout the United States beginning in July. I’ve already purchased tickets for their stop in Richmond on July 30th, and you can bet you’ll get a review of the show here on MTM afterward!Tweet this!