So here we have it, Justin Vernon gone all ornate. The eponymous Bon Iver follow up LP has taken a bold redirection from the acoustic and majestic melancholy of For Emma, Forever Ago, instead opting for a more synthesized production quality and intricate arrangements – with even some 80s-influenced balladry – but don’t let that put you off.
Vernon is no stranger to experimentation, in the past three years the woodland troubadour has recorded a semi-electronic ambient album with Volcano Choir, worked on the stoner ’80s soft rock project Gayngs and provided backing vocals for over half the album by some Kanye lad.
Bon Iver is informed by all of these things, and more. He returned to Wisconsin to record the album at April Base Studios, a former veterinarian’s clinic converted into a recording studio by he and his brother.
The record will be released June 17th on 4AD.