Don’t you love how there’s never a good show in South Florida and then there are two on the same night? While at Culture Room the crowd will be savoring the melodic electronics of Animal Collective, the Bon Iver fans will be swaying to some folky, etherial indy rock only a few miles away.
Apparently, Vernon shacked up in the woods of northwestern Wisconsin for a cold long winter after the breakup of his longtime band. It was there that he wrote and recorded the critically acclaimed For Emma, Forever Ago. This “bon hiver” in the woods produced a beautiful music baby with nine personal and well-crafted songs.
Pitchfork’s review of the album rightfully likened some of Vernon’s voice-work to TV on the Radio, which may seem odd, but is totally accurate. The similarities end there since the genre these guys best match up with is much more along the lines of Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Iron and Wine or even Bright Eyes. It’s indy rock that’s emotional and soft rockin’,
The album is homemade in the modern era of DIY, so how could it not go over well with music audiences tired of over-produced Blame it on the Alcohol garbage? Vernon also keeps it real by not only performing at Lollapalooza, but still getting down with his high school alma mater’s jazz band. Good timing and good attitude both a star make.