Bon Iver are back. Justin Vernon’s ever-expanding musical project just shared two new songs, expanded their fall tour dates, and unveiled a mysterious website.
The new tracks are called “Hey, Ma” and “U (Man Like).” Bon Iver played the studio recordings for the audience last night at London’s All Points East festival, where they also directed fans to a website called icommai. The site’s most recent post features a number of credits, which mirror the impressive list of collaborators on the new songs.
According to a press release, “Hey, Ma” was produced by Chris Messina, Brad Cook, Justin Vernon, and BJ Burton. It features vocals from Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and sampling by Psymun. “U (Man Like)” was produced by Messina, Cook, and Vernon. It also features vocals from Wasner in addition to Moses Sumney, Elsa Jensen, and Bruce Hornsby, who also plays piano on the track. Vernon writes, “This project began with a single person, but throughout the last 11 years, the identity of Bon Iver has bloomed and can only be defined by the faces in the ever growing family we are.”
Four years after their debut ‘Heads of Woe’, Geppetto & Co. travelled from Antwerp to Wisconsin, USA to record their next album ‘Passages’. Under the wings of the great Brian Joseph, the producer of Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens.
The very first full album by Geppetto & the Whales came out early 2014. This beautifully crafted debut, from this Belgian indie band, sounds mature and young at the same time. It blends beautiful little melodies with overwhelming soundscapes. Geppetto & The Whales have a sound that is both classic and endlessly refreshing. New album ‘Passages’ is out now.
Mavica is composer and guitarist, Marta Casanova, originally from Cartagena and resident in London, where she is currently preparing her debut EP ‘Gone’, a collection of songs that has already taken her to perform in Barcelona, Madrid, Murcia and even Berlin. But it is in the British capital, where Mavica studies music and production and where the young artist has found the place to finally materialize her debut. Folk pop songs with influences that go from Bon Iver to Sufjan Stevens or Amy Winehouse to Ben Howard. On October 29 Mavica debuted in Barcelona, opening for Roo Panes (UK) at the Moritz Factory, the artist dazzled the audience with her unmistakable voice and catchy melodies. Tonight she presents her present her first-ever EP, ‘Gone’ at L’Auditori.
Donegal based singer songwriter Rosie Carney has made a cover version of New York group Cigarettes After Sex’s 2012 single ‘K’. Her work is described as songs that feel lived-in and worn, conveying a bruised ache well beyond her years and her voice has “Bon Iver-esque tenderness, Laura Marling-like strength, and the haunting awareness of both”.
Life is what goes on between one Bon Iver album and another. Or, at least, this is what happens to Justin Vernon. His increasingly complicated relationship with fame and his ego have pushed the author of For Emma, Forever Ago towards unexplored terrains like those of Volcano Choir, The Shouting Matches and now Big Red Machine, a project that actually began years ago when doing a collaboration for a charity compilation together with his brother from another mother, Aaron Dessner from The National. Together they organise utopic festivals (Eaux Claires), create alternative models for the industry (the streaming portal PEOPLE) and they also write music, of course. They are surrounded by so many artist friends that it is surprising that the result of Big Red Machine, the album, is so spot on. It’s a dream crossover, a perfect fit of Dessner’s intimate epic and Bon Iver’s melancholic evocations, of Justin’s experimental laments and Aaron’s astounding progressions. Music as an excuse, as a way and as a purpose.
La primera jornada a ple rendiment del Primavera Sound 2017 al Fórum inclou un cartell plagat de grans noms, on destaquen l’esperat retorn de Justin Vernon i el seu principal projecte, Bon Iver, que presentarà les cançons de pop deconstruït del seu tercer disc, ’22, A Million’ (2016); la magia electrònica de Aphex Twin, que presentarà nou material; la nord-americana i nova reina del R&B Solange, que ha superat en moltes llistes al millor disc de l’any a la seva germana gran Beyoncé amb els magnífics ritmes urbans de ‘A Seat at the table’ (2016); els mestres del metal extrem Slayer; la banda liderada per Greg Dulli The Afghan Whigs, un dels grups més sòlids i versàtils sorgits en la dècada dels 90 als Estats Units; l’elegant soul del cantant i compositor de Los Angeles Miguel; la banda clau dels 60 The Zombies, que repassaran el seu mític disc ‘Odessey & Oracle’ en el seu 50è aniversari; els intensos Death Grips, que portaran al Fòrum el seu últim disc, ‘Bottomless Pit’ (2016); la reunió dels no menys intensos canadencs Broken Social Scene; els pioners del punk i pares del rock gòtic The Damned; la veterana i venerada Elza Soares, primera dama de la samba brasilera; els catalans Mishima, presentant nou disc o el shoegaze expansiu dels gallecs Triángulo de Amor Bizarro.
After the success of psychedelic folk outfit The Migrant, frontman Bjarke Bendtsen is ready to transcend furthermore into electronic folk-rock territory with the release of his latest project Rainbrother’s debut album Tale From The Drought, out on 3rd February 2017 via General Bird.
Tales From The Drought is all about making your way whilst on the road, dwelling on memories both beautiful and troublesome and coming to terms with the decisions that have been made. Album opener ‘Riverside’ is a stunning piece of songwriting that carries you away into the abyss and as the album continues, so do your thoughts. Each one a little more comforting than the next. Tales From The Drought invites the listener into a speckled dream, filled with steady beats, wistful Pink Floyd inspired guitar slides and a storytelling charm akin to the likes of Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver.
Rainbrother was formed after Bjarke eventually found his way back to Copenhagen. While touring with The Migrant in Europe, he performed with a group of fellow Danish musicians and after moving back to his home turf, Rainbrother was born. The album was produced by Noah Georgeson (The Strokes, Joanna Newsom, Devendra Banhart) whose flickering elements have been spun into the group’s tight rock sound making Tales From The Drought both an earthy and elevating affair.