The album expands the group's sonic palette beyond the rustic acoustics of the debut, For Emma, Forever Ago. Bon Iver is a lush landscape of silky electric guitars, intricate keys, and subtle horn and string sections, which retains the ghost choirs and densely layered vocals intact that Bon Iver is widely celebrated for.
Painstakingly crafted over three years, the album was recorded and mixed at April Base Studios, a former veterinarian's clinic in Fall Creek, WI, converted into a recording studio by Vernon and his brother. Bon Iver regulars Sean Carey, Mike Noyce and Matt McCaughan contributed vocals, drums and production; Rob Moose (Antony and the Johnsons, The National) helped with arranging and strings; and Jim Schoenecker and Tom Wincek provided processing. The album also features the pedal steel of Greg Leisz (Lucinda Williams, Bill Frisell) and a horn section including Colin Stetson (Tom Waits, Arcade Fire), Mike Lewis (Andrew Bird, Happy Apple), and C.J. Camerieri (Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens).
The deluxe edition includes a video accompaniment to each track.
|1 Perth (video accompaniment)||4.22|
|2 Minnesota, WI (video accompaniment)||3.52|
|3 Holocene (video accompaniment)||5.37|
|4 Towers (video accompaniment)||3.08|
|5 Michicant (video accompaniment)||3.46|
|6 Hinnom, TX (video accompaniment)||2.45|
|7 Wash. (video accompaniment)||4.59|
|8 Calgary (video accompaniment)||4.10|
|9 Lisbon, OH (video accompaniment)||1.33|
|10 Beth/Rest (video accompaniment)||5.17|
|11 Credits (Video Accompaniment)||0.45|
4AD would like to congratulate Bon iver who has been been nominated for four Grammys:
Record of the Year and Song of the Year ('Holocene') Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album
The 54th Grammy Awards will be held on February 12 in Los Angeles. Tonight, CBS aired its annual "Grammy Nominations Concert Live" special, revealing the list of contenders.