Monday, January 26

Bon Iver- Blood Bank EP

. Monday, January 26

Having holed himself up in a log cabin to record 'For Emma... Forever Ago' Justin Vernon comes inside and turns on the electric for the follow up. 2008 was undoubtedly the year of Bon Iver's life and following it up was never going to be easy. Luckily the horse has been remounted with haste and little to no problems have occured.

'Blood Bank' is a four track EP of melancholia typical of last years debut album but success and good fortune have clearly warmed the heart of Vernon as this collection of tracks shows a distinct change in tone away from the bleak and desolate 'For Emma...'.

The title track has a beautiful, almost hymnal chorus that rises and falls with swan like elegance with only Vernon's impassioned vocals cracking the beauty in the verses. The quietly strummed hush continues into 'Beach Baby' which sees the introduction of slide guitar, giving the track a retro feel. 'Babys' is again nice but it segues into the EP highlight 'Woods'. Fully embracing the studio environment Vernon's voice is put through a vocoder and looped over the top of itself to create a hypnotic falsetto that is as unique as it is tranquil.

Where Bon Iver goes next is anyones guess but we will wait with baited breath.




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