Bon Iver back again?

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

BON Iver, whose emo­tion­ally in­tense folk rock has won a strong fol­low­ing, is hint­ing it is ready with its first al­bum in five years ahead of the band’s own fes­ti­val.

The band led by Justin Vernon plays to­mor­row at the sec­ond edi­tion of the Eaux Claires fes­ti­val, es­tab­lished last year in the group’s home­town of Eau Claire, Wis­con­sin.

The group said in June that it would de­vote its set to new music and re­cently posted on so­cial me­dia a cryptic video with ab­stract shapes, house­hold items as well as cru­ci­fixes that float in the air beyond an open door.

An­tic­i­pa­tion built on Au­gust 9 as the band posted sim­i­lar im­agery on In­sta­gram and a mu­ral ap­peared in Brook­lyn with the same de­sign along with the words, “22 Days – It Might Be Over Soon”.

Sev­eral so­cial me­dia users spec­u­lated that Bon Iver would de­but an al­bum en­ti­tled 22 Days at the Eaux Claires fes­ti­val, while oth­ers mused that the work would come out in 22 days.

Bon Iver first emerged with the 2007 al­bum For Emma, For­ever Ago, writ­ten by Vernon when he locked him­self in a cabin in Wis­con­sin for three months as he strug­gled with ill­ness, a break-up and pro­fes­sional ob­scu­rity.

The al­bum grad­u­ally won ac­claim for the emo­tional power of songs such as “Skinny Love”. The band fol­lowed up with a self-ti­tled sec­ond al­bum in 2011, win­ning two Grammy Awards in­clud­ing Best New Artist.

Vernon had spo­ken of re­tir­ing Bon Iver soon af­ter­ward but the band re­turned last year for the in­au­gu­ral Eaux Claires fes­ti­val and ear­lier this year toured Asia.

Vernon de­signed Eaux Claires with Aaron Dess­ner of The Na­tional, another indie band known for rich, dark tex­tures, amid a pro­lif­er­a­tion of music fes­ti­vals across North Amer­ica.

Set­ting the fes­ti­val in the woods, Vernon has vowed to give a unique aes­thetic bent to Eaux Claires with the lat­est edi­tion in­clud­ing lit­er­ary read­ings, con­tem­po­rary dance and se­lected art­work.

Other head­lin­ers at the fes­ti­val will in­clude Cor­nelius, the DJ who was a key fig­ure in Ja­pan’s Shibuya-kei al­ter­na­tive elec­tronic scene in the 1990s, in a rare per­for­mance of his 1997 al­bum Fan­tasma. – AFP

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