Posts Tagged ‘Justin Vernon’

May 2, 2018
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It’s not often that a remix of Bon Iver crops up, though we have shared a small handful of them over the years. Justin Vernon’s music can’t be easy to re-imagine, but if anyone can do it flawlessly, it’s Barclay Crenshaw, whom most people would more easily recognize under the name Claude VonStroke, the esteemed founder of Dirtybird Records who was voted #1 DJ in the world not too long ago. The producer has given Bon Iver’s  “715 – CRΣΣKS”, one of my favorites from their last album “22, A Million”, a truly transcendental re-work. Soft high hat rolls graze the surface of the beautifully drifting electronic edit, creating an austerely mesmeric effect next to Justin Vernon’s vocoder treated vocals. Barclay Crenshaw’s remix is a mellow and ambient masterpiece, both soothingly hypnotic and pensively haunting. This brilliant “Barclay Crenshaw White Label Renegade Cut” is available via Bandcamp, here.

April 2, 2017

If you’re looking for something intergalactic to pump you up for the final bits of the weekend, Zephure’s going to rocket you right through the cosmos with his stunning remix of Pluto’s Nevve featuring Surface. The producer, who resides right here in the Bay in San Jose, first came to our attention with a magnificent edit of Bon Iver’s Holocene, which you can revisit below. This time around, he’s given Pluto’s Surface a synth swelling, beautifully evocative future bass makeover. Zephure’s remix is a free download, here.

December 21, 2016
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Just the other day, I was taking a break from my usual blasting of albums in the car and tuning into Live 105′s HD2 radio station Indie 105 (which I highly recommend to anyone who can receive HD radio frequencies and loves indie/alt music), and Bon Iver’s Holocene came on. I’m a massive Bon Iver fan, as many likely know. I first fell in love with Justin Vernon’s work back in 2007. He nearly broke my heart with the stark beauty of For Emma, Forever Ago, an album which he reportedly wrote in the solitude of the Wisconsin woods. As such, when Bon Iver dropped their second album (Bon Iver), it took me a moment to get used to how much more rich and florid its tunes were, and as much as I deeply adore that album, my loyalty to this day lies most true to For Emma, Forever Ago. Yet, when I re-visited Holocene this week on the radio, I came to realize how much I truly love the song, and how incredible this Bon Iver journey has been. 

Anyway, to get to the heart of the matter, I’m reminded yet again of the aforementioned by an incredible remix of Holocene that surfaced on my radar lately by a producer from here in the Bay who goes by the moniker Zephure. The San Jose native, who’s currently studying computer science at the University of Michigan, reports that he’d rather be making music than sitting in a lecture hall. No wonder he feels that way, considering the ravishing edit he’s given Holocene. Bon Iver is no easy task to remix, and Zephure has transformed wistful aching Holocene into a brisk vacillating, wavy flickering future bass extravaganza, one that evokes a bit of Porter and a touch of k?d. Zephure’s Holocene feels as vast and wondrous as the original, if not more. Download his remix for free, here.

November 18, 2016
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Gordi always has a tendency of reminding me of Bon Iver on her breathtaking music, a fact that left me wondering how much of an inspiration Justin Vernon truly is on this Australian singer songwriter. I think it’s fair to say a lot, particularly after this incredible cover just arose. Gordi, or Sophie Payten, gives us a sparsely riveting, starkly captivating rendition of 00000 Million from Bon Iver’s esoteric album 22, A Million. There’s no hiding in lush soundscapes or gilded instrumentals here, yet Gordi’s voice shines brilliantly in her cover’s cavernous space. Her haunting chamber pop meets ambient folktronica cover is stunning.

October 4, 2016

On Friday, Bon Iver released their third full length album, “22, A Million”. I couldn’t wait to listen, having been such a huge fan of the Wisconsin outfit lead by Justin Vernon since debut album For Emma, Forever Ago stole my heart away all the way back in 2007. I listened to “22, A Million” late Friday night (or perhaps it was already early Saturday morning), by candlelight, and it was a moving experience. While very much experimental, and boasting very odd song titles, “22, A Million” feels like it sits somewhere in between the intimacy of For Emma, Forever Ago and the vast expanse of Bon Iver’s eponymous sophomore album. As each day passes, Bon Iver has been releasing new lyric videos for songs off of “22, A Million” onto Youtube. Even before the arrival of the album, “

715 – CR∑∑KS” already had a hold of me. It’s a gut wrenching song, a stark yet powerful folktronica song with heavy vocoder use. Justin Vernon’s cryptic, poetic lyrics serve to entrance me further as I find my own way to understand them and feel them. A lyric video for “

666 ʇ” has also arrived over the weekend. This one most certainly recalls Bon Iver’s second album more, with those silken Vernon falsettos and a lush soundscape. Stream below, and purchase “22, A Million”, here.

September 13, 2016

The next couple of months are going to be insane. My concert schedule is jam packed with must see shows, and I’m stressing out over a myriad of conflicts, too. But if there’s one show I’m willing to miss out on a whole lot of other events for, it’s the Bon Iver and Francis And The Lights show at the Fox Theatre in Oakland. Not only are both acts ones I hold in high regard, but it’s going to be magical when Francis And The Lights performs Friends, which features Bon Iver. Plus, it will be a homecoming of sorts for Francis Farewell Starlite, the genius behind Francis And The Lights, a man originally from Oakland himself. Francis shares new track See Her Out ahead of his show with Bon Iver, and he once again dazzles us with his grandiose indietronica. See Her Out is so atmospheric and majestic, expansive and magnificent, words cannot describe its splendor. It’s obvious Francis shares a love of the vocoder with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, and a penchant for abstract florid soundscapes, too. See Her Out was produced and written by…. (take a deep breath here)… Francis Starlite, Aaron Lammer, Justin Vernon, BJ Burton, Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat, Rostam Batmanjali, Ariel Rechshtaid, Daniel Aged, and Eli Kanat. Wow. The song comes from forthcoming album Farewell, Starlite, ETA TBA.

September 8, 2016

Back in July, London duo Avec Sans released their debut album Heartbreak Hi, a record I’d been looking forward to immensely and even pre-ordered twice by accident, so great was my zeal. I’ve been obsessing over Heartbreak Hi’s vibrant pulsing, vivid enthralling electronic pop ever since. In the past, Avec Sans has graced us with a handful of brilliant covers, always managing to select songs and artists that I myself deeply adore. One such cover that’s also on Heartbreak Hi is their recent interpretation of Bon Iver hit, Perth. Today, we get to dive back into Avec Sans’ lusciously rippling, grandly eloquent electropop cover via an eye popping music video the duo has just unveiled. Throbbing lights and effulgent colors pull us in as we lurch to the beats of Avec Sans’ bittersweet pumping Perth, transfixed by the mesmeric effects and flashy patterns of their video. If you’ve yet to check out Avec Sans’ album Heartbreak Hi, you can purchase digitally or on CD/vinyl, here.

August 30, 2016

Today, Bon Iver dropped another colossal track from the band’s forthcoming third full length, and 33 “GOD” is just as epic as the last two tracks, if not a sliver less oddly named (at least there’s no strange characters within the title). Get ready for a surreal tapestry of daydreamy indietronica. Justin Vernon’s penchant for vocoder and his florid composition skills are on full display. 33 “GOD” drives home the point that the last two tracks suggested…. 22, A Million is going to be “miles, miles, miles” away from Bon Iver’s first two albums (which were plenty different themselves). And yes, that was a Holocene pun, if you’ll excuse the cheese. The lyric video 33 “GOD” is quite interesting too, mish mashing rainbows, lightning, and a bizarre version of the Vitruvian man alongside the song’s poetic storytelling. 22, A Million is due out on September 30th via Jagjaguwar.

August 18, 2016
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Austin based producer CLOUDCHORD has taken us to cloud nine with remix after remix of songs I love this year, but for his latest track, he chose to take on one of Bon Iver’s strangely named new masterpieces. Just the fact that CLOUDCHORD has the courage to initiate a meticulous interpretation of Bon Iver is cause for great respect. The twinkling entrancing deep house and garage remix he gives 22 (Over Soon) is breathtaking beautiful. It’s softly pumping, emotive sparkling soundscape starts out reminding me of my all time favorite Flight Facilities song, Clair De Lune. Underneath its spirited thrumming, percussive skittering beats is much introspective depth and a touch of wistful sadness. CLOUDCHORD’s remix then alights with the ethereal airiness of Odesza and the profound scope of RÜFÜS’ more ambient throbbing dance tracks. This is a gorgeous and enlightening remix that Justin Vernon himself would probably enjoy. Download CLOUDCHORD’s masterful remix free at Toneden.

August 15, 2016

By now, most of you have probably heard the massive news that Bon Iver dropped some new tunes and announced their third full length album. But if you happened to miss out on this sudden treasure trove of brilliant music, you certainly need to check out "10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄ (Extended Version)” above, on which Justin Vernon ventures ever deeper into experimental indietronica territory. The tactile thrumming song makes it immediately apparent that new album “22, A Million” will be a far cry from prior albums For Emma, Forever Ago and their eponymous sophomore release. Bon Iver continues to evolve and push boundaries, and we’re here as bystanders, experiencing the wonder and magic of Vernon’s artistic genius. A second new slice of Bon Iver wizardry comes at us in the form of “22 (OVER S∞∞N) [Bob Moose Extended Cab Version]” below. The gospel inspiration is even more apparent on this one, which gives off some very James Blake vibes. This is clearly the Justin Vernon who has been collaborating with Kanye, James Blake, and Francis And The Lights. New album “22, A Million” will be out September 30th, and it’s obviously going to be one of the most clever and intricate records of the year. Pre-order from various outlets, here.