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Bon Iver discusses second album

By | Published on Friday 25 March 2011

Bon Iver

Justin Vernon has been discussing the second Bon Iver album, the follow-up to 2007’s ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’.

Much has happened to Vernon since he recorded the Bon Iver debut alone in a shack in the woods. Perhaps most notably (certainly most unusually) he appeared on six tracks on Kanye West’s latest album, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’.

Whatever else happened, he found that writing a second album was difficult, telling Rolling Stone: “Somewhere along the line, I forgot how to write songs. I couldn’t do it any more with a guitar. It wasn’t happening”.

To get himself back on track, he took a very different approach, hiring various session musicians to help him construct new music. He explained: “I brought in a lot of people to change my voice – not my singing voice, but my role as the author of this band, this project. I built the record myself, but I allowed those people to come in and change the scene”.

Amongst the new tracks, he said, is a “chaotic, dense, jarring … Civil War-sounding heavy metal song”. Which suggests the as-yet-untitled album, tentatively scheduled for a June release, could be a bit different to the mopey folk of ‘For Emma’.