Currently, relatively few people remember that man began his career more or less as a solitary. At least, the 2007 debut album "For Emma, Forever Ago" by American musician Justin Vernon and his project Bon Iver was based on the fact that the heart of this music, carried by an acoustic fire guitar and a high dose of painful song, is solitary and alone in isolation. a log cabin in Wisconsin in winter. The likes of "waidwund" (oh hurt!), "Fragile" (oje!) Or "very emotional" (ogottogott!) The advertised results were not just synonymous with a revival of interiority they also complemented the image of a songwriter between an erratic artist I and a sensitive soul of music: men who have feelings.
A new incarnation under the name of Phil Collins 2.0 in the case of the song "Beth / Rest" on the eponymous successor of 2011, free of any hint of hip-hop, further justified the fact that Bon Iver received two Grammy. Whether this was done against the competition, for example, Katy Perry or Bruno Mars was seen as a triumphal march of a well-defined independent universe on the enemy trading ground.
Justin Vernon himself jumped on the bridge, exploring hip-hop collaborations with Kanye West, and finding a spirit brother in a romantic binary soul, James Blake. He went through another crisis after the Grammys and finally recorded the album "22, A Million" in 2016 on self-construction. Between sound mutations and manipulations using a shredder and with alienated voices alienated instead of the main lecture, which once tipped between the basic baritone and the pain of the falsetto world, the intention of an attempt bursting could not be denied.
The latest new album on the Internet, released surprisingly on the market and will be available next week for the Oldschool community, combines the work of the two experienced Juston Vernon. It represents the know-how in the sense of tradition and the good old feeling (belly) with the simultaneous consequences of a (spiritual) meaning search in the history of the Gospel, next to "innovation" and the modern hybrid, electronically designed. This will not disturb the fan base and skeptics will not convert. The Guardian, for example, wrote in his sketch a mixture of "weak melodies and bad poems".
The title of the album "i, i" (Jagjaguwar) already refers to the forthcoming introspection, which under the sign of suffering in the circumstances and suffering in the world at Bon Iver, always has the title "eiei!" could be understood. But only with this new "autumn album" designated as a new work, Vernon is at least remote from sounds and content exceptionally positive.
The former, especially in the last third, do not tilt in unison with the sinuous spheres of saxophones in the direction of kitsch. These are, unlike the previous album, whose missing narrative corresponds well to sonic mutilation, at least in part again: American and American conditions are approached, climate change occurs in the gracious and melancholy " Hey, Ma "is one of them. Look on the past, dared. "Faith" is a meditative meditation on faith. And in the end, it is said in "Rabi" with an almost unsettling confidence: "The sunlight feels good now, is not it?"
It is quite possible that this new trust is also born of a last turning point towards the community. Former loner Justin Vernon worked for "i, i" with an armada of collaboration partners and guests and collaborated with them on improvised jams rather than linear compositions. With Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak, Aaron Dessner of The National and the young producer of Thug Wheezy, Justin Vernon's buddy, James Blake, will also be there.