Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago LP
Stereophile Rated 4.5/5 Music, 4/5 Sonics in the May 2008 Issue of Stereophile!
Bon Iver's debut full-length For Emma, Forever Ago has been making major
waves in critics circles. Pitchfork stamped its early review of the album with a
"recommended" tag. For those of you hiding away in a cabin of your own, it's
time that you hear the story, and more importantly, the music.
Bon Iver (pronounced: bohn eevair) is a greeting, a celebration and a sentiment.
It is a new statement of an artist moving on and establishing the groundwork for
a lasting career. For Emma... is the debut of this lineage of songs. As a whole,
the record is entirely cohesive throughout and remains centered around a
particular aesthetic, prompted by the time and place for which it was recorded.
Justin Vernon, the primary force behind Bon Iver, seems to have tested his
boundaries to the maximum, and in doing so has managed to break free from any
pre-cursing or finished forms.
It wasn't planned. The goal was to hibernate. Vernon moved to a remote cabin in
the woods of Northwestern Wisconsin at the onset of winter. He lived there alone
for three months, filling his days with wood splitting and other chores around
the land. This solitary time slowly began feeding a bold, uninhibited new
musical focus. The day slowly evolved into nights filled with twelve-hour
recording blocks, breaking only for trips on the tractor into the pines to saw
and haul firewood, or for frozen sunrises high up a deer stand. All of his
personal trouble, lack of perspective, heartache, longing, love, loss and guilt
that had been stock piled over the course of the past six years, was suddenly
purged into the form of song.
"Irresistible" - New York Times
"What Vernon has wrought is a powerful, haunting collection of the music of isolation and deep melancholia." - Robert Baird, Stereophile May 2008
• Vinyl LP
2. Lump Sum
3. Skinny Love
4. The Wolves (Act I and II)
6. Creature Fear
8. For Emma
9. Re: Stacks