I’ve been sitting around since 2011, the release of the brilliant self titled Bon Iver album, just itching for more material from this phenomenal set of musicians. However, they have delivered something unexpected this year. Frontman Justin Vernon has recently announced plans to establish a two day festival in his home town of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Not quite an album but it’s still something worth getting excited about I’d say.
The Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival will take place on the 17th and 18th July 2015 at Eau Claire’s Foster Farm with plans to feature three stages and anticipations of 25,000 people attending. Now the line up still hasn’t been announced but I don’t think it would be too far fetched to assume Bon Iver will play at the event, or even Kanye West due to Vernon’s vocal contributions to two of his albums. Time will tell, but anything could happen!
Now Bon Iver have decided to step aside from music for the time being but they have actually released one song: a track called ‘Heavenly Father’ as part of the soundtrack for Zach Braff’s Kickstarter film Wish I Was Here. The song itself seems like a progression from that fantastic 2011 self titled album, with a leap towards synths, minimalistic drums and this trance like drone that hypnotises. Being an avid Bon Iver fan, I am disappointed about the lack of falsetto on this track and the lack of those twangy, unpolished strums of guitar that made For Emma, Forever Ago so special, yet I’m excited. This could potentially be an insight into what future material will sound like.
For now, enjoy ‘Heavenly Father’ and get excited for the unexpected festival in Eau Claire!