‘Featured Artist,’ Bon Iver, ‘Holocene’

August 27th, 2011  |  by Nels Thoreson   |  Published in Featured Songs  |  3 Comments

Today’s “Featured Artist and Song of the Day” showcases Eau Claire, Wisconsin’s own, Bon Iver, which is headed up by Justin Vernon, with his song, “Holocene,” off his album, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, which was released June 21, 2011, through Jagjaguwar Records.

The album was recorded in April Base Studios, located in Fall Creek, Wisconsin.  Vernon bought the property, which was once a veterinarian’s clinic, and then remodeled it, and in the process built the studio over a now defunct indoor pool that was attached to the clinic.  Vernon, through Jagjaguwar, said, “It’s an unique space and destination; it’s our home out here.  It’s been a wonderful freedom, working in a place we built. It’s also only three miles from the house I grew up in, and just ten minutes from the bar where my parents met.”

This is Bon Iver’s second album, with his debut album being For Emma, Forever Ago.  The sophomore album took three years to make, which coincided with the completion of the studio.  He was able to write and record in the periods of time between tours to promote his first album, but was really able to put in a lot of work after the completion of the tour.  It was in that time he was able to finish, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, and the completion is a masterpiece.  He is a rare talent, and his musical road will be, for sure, one to continue to follow.

Vernon’s depth of lyrics throughout this entire album show unreal songwriting ability, and these words find their place in “Holocene,”

“3rd and Lake it burnt away, the hallway
was where we learned to celebrate
automatic bought the years you’d talk for me
that night you played me ?Lip Parade?
not the needle, nor the thread, the lost decree
saying nothing, that’s enough for me

…and at once I knew I was not magnificent
hulled far from the highway aisle
(jagged, vacance, thick with ice)
I could see for miles, miles, miles…”

For updates, tour dates, and other news click on his website, you can buy his music on iTunes, or follow him on his Facebook Page.  Bon Iver has an extensive tour, which begins in Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 6, and runs throughout the country and then heads to Europe through mid-November.  Until the next time you’ll be able to see a show or listen to him, here is Bon Iver, with his song, “Holocene,” enjoy,


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  1. Miemie says:

    Thanks Brooke and Marlee! Mar, the frouth one down is my personal favorite, too. Glad to hear your heart is exploding! Feel free to come over if you need some restoration and operation. :)

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