by / July 11th, 2011 /

Watch a Bon Iver mini-documentary

So we are all well aware that Bon Iver’s acclaimed debut, For Emma, Forever Ago, was born out of three months of Winter seclusion in a cabin in northwestern Wisconsin, but what of the follow up?

In this short documentary, shot for Spin.com by Dan Huiting, Justin Vernon discusses recording the latest Bon Iver album in his new Wisconsin studio. Vernon tells how he and his brother Nate looked at an old ranch house in 2008 and upon finding a moldy indoor pool area were inspired to create a studio. The space was converted using the proceeds of For Emma, Forever Ago, which they named April Base after a particular episode in The X-Files.

April Base has been the scene for the recording some of the Gayngs and Volcano Choir material but has particular relevance to Bon Iver.

Justin says:

“‘Building’ became a metaphor for the record, and it was also this place that sort of felt like summer camp. Moving in here, and truly becoming a team while building this place had a lot to do with the new record’s color.”



In other related news, Bon Iver will curate a two day Pitchfork-hosted festival in Paris (La Grande Halle de la Villette) on October 28th and 29th with Bon Iver, Jens Lekman, Wild Beasts, Cut Copy, Kathleen Edwards and Pantha du Prince already confirmed.

Priced at €79.90, this is a tempting alternative to those who missed out on tickets for the sold-out show in Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin on October 21st – more ticket information here.

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  • Martin Mackenzie

    bon iver rock – dad likes bon iver