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April 22, 2011  | by: Angela Raiford

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver

Seeing Justin Vernon of Bon Iver getting his electro-voice on at Coachella with Kanye West was pretty exciting but not more than hearing major details of Bon Iver’s recently announced sophomore album! JAGJAGUWAR, the label for the new record, laid out the details of the self-titled follow up to their debut For Emma, Forever Ago Wednesday on their blog.

The album was recorded and mixed over three years (yikes!) by Justin Vernon and his brother Nate at April Base Studios in Wisconsin, which was formerly a veterinarian clinic that the pair remodeled. Sean Carey, Mike Noyce, and Matt McCaughan, the other regulars of Bon Iver, play, sing and contributed production to the album as well. Members from Volcano Choir, an indie collaboration band that Vernon is a part of, helped with the album’s processing. “It’s really different: bass saxophone, pedal steel guitar, a lot of drums and recording techniques. It’s been a giant discovery,” said Justin Vernon in an interview with NY Mag last November.

The JAGJAGUWAR blog post about the album’s release goes straight to heart-breaking when they bring out a piece written by author Michael Perry. Throughout the piece he presents small details and reviews of tracks from Bon Iver. It is an even more dreadful tease than the mysterious song snippet from the band website last week. Oh the agony!

“Bon Iver is often equated with just me,” says Justin Vernon, “but you are who surrounds you, and for Bon Iver, Bon Iver I wanted to invite those voices as musical catalysts.”

Too bring out even more anxiety, we have the album’s track-listing here:

Side A:

Perth
Minnesota, WI
Holocene
Towers
Michicant

Side B:

Hinnom, TX
Wash.
Calgary
Lisbon, OH
Beth/Rest

I was a big fan of Bon Iver’s debut and even many of Justin Vernon’s collaborations, so for me June 21st can’t come soon enough!  But what are your thoughts? Are you excited to hear more from Bon Iver?

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