Indie-folk outfit Bon Iver have premiered new music.
It’ll be some of the first new sounds fans have heard from Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver since 2016 LP release, the critically-acclaimed 22, A Million.
The band debuted new music at a live collaborative show at the Massachussetts Museum of Contemporary Art, where they performed with contemporary dance company Tu Dance.
The new score has been described by concert attendee @anearful as ‘some of his boldest, most passionate, yet accessible music. Stunning singing, including a Leon Russell cover for the ages’.
Don’t worry about the visuals, they were nothing special (at best), but new Bon Iver sounded tremendous tonight! Some of his boldest, most passionate, yet accessible music. Stunning singing, including a Leon Russell cover for the ages. @MASS_MoCApic.twitter.com/onJL2aA801
— AnEarful (@AnEarful) March 25, 2018
The show, called Bon Iver and TU Dance, featured the score described by Justin as a ‘work-in-progress’.
Watch excerpts from the performances below.
Tu Dance are officially premiering the new music at a concert at Saint Paul in Minnesota in April.
Bon Iver are a five-piece American indie-folk band comprising Justin Vernon, Mike Noyce, Sean Carey and Matthew McCaughan.
The band broke in 2007 when their debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago was hailed as a modern masterpiece.
Justin played a previously unheard track from the For Emma, Forever Ago sessions earlier this year.
Full of vast, often bleak sonic soundscapes, Justin wrote the debut while spending three months in isolation in a remote cabin in Wisconsin – he hadn’t planned to write music at all during the period.
The band followed up with two more acclaimed albums, self-titled Bon Iver in 2011 and 22, A Million in 2016.
The name Bon Iver is inspired by the French bon hiver, which means ‘good winter’.
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