Bon Iver :: For Emma, Forever Ago

This is just a reminder that the Jagjaguwar re-release of Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago came out this week. It seems everyone in the world, myself included, has blogged regarding this album, and deservedly so. Originally released independently late last year, the album generated an internet buzz, based in no small part to the attention from Muzzle of Bees, who had the distinct advantage of locality. You may know the story by now - guy (Justin Vernon) leaves band, guy moves to a log cabin in the middle of nowhere, guy chops a lot of wood, guy hunts, guy records album by himself during winter in said cabin, guy’s DIY folkiness reminds a some of The Creek Drank The Cradle and becomes an online sensation.

Seriously, this is an undeniable set of songs. Endearing story notwithstanding, For Emma, Forever Ago is an often stark, nakedly emotional, disarmingly beautiful collection of soulful indie-folk; quiet and ruminative in its delivery, powerful in its intensity, and utterly unforgettable. Check it out. Bon Iver is now on tour with labelmates Black Mountain - a very unlikely pair if you ask me, but one that will no doubt run the whole quiet/loud gamut.

MP3 :: Skinny Love
(from For Emma, Forever Ago. Buy here)

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