Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver (from "bon hiver" or "good winter" in French), late of the Wisconsin-based band DeYarmond Edison, writes and performs the same brand of gently off-kilter Americana of his former act, but with an even sparser, more haunting tone. His 2007 home-recorded debut was released to nearly universal acclaim on the indie label Jagjaguwar, while his former collaborators went on to form the band Megafaun.
Justin Vernon began recording as Bon Iver following the breakup of DeYarmond Edison, an indie folk group similar in tone and manner to Iron & Wine, Little Wings and, to a certain extent, Bonnie "Prince" Billy. Pronounced ''bohn eevair'', it is French for "good winter" which is spelled wrong deliberately. This debut CD is centered around Justin Vernon, who is the primary force behind Bon Iver, as he moved to a remote cabin in the woods of Northwestern Wisconsin at the onset of winter, alone for three months. From this solitary time emerged a bold, uninhibited new musical focus of all his personal trouble, lack of perspective, heartache, longing, love, loss, and guilt that had been stockpiled over the past six years into songs. The NY Times called this record "irresistible", and it was given a "Recommended" rating by Pitchfork. 9 tracks. Jagjaguwar Records. 2008.
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