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Bon Iver

Appearing seemingly out of nowhere, Bon Iver's debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago, became one of the landmark albums of the late-2000s indie folk sound. Singer/songwriter Justin Vernon's spare sound and pure vocals caught the attention of people looking for something folky, yet not folksy in any way. Further albums refining and shifting their sound bolstered the band's popularity and widened their fan base, earning them a famous fan (and future collaborator) in Kanye West.

Justin Vernon began recording under the nom de band Bon Iver following the breakup of DeYarmond Edison, an indie folk group similar in tone and manner to Iron & Wine, Little Wings, and -- to a certain extent -- Bonnie "Prince" Billy. Vernon's solo project took DeYarmond Edison's introspective, folky sound and embellished it with quirky orchestral touches that nodded to Sparklehorse and the drifty optimism of the Flaming Lips. Vernon moved back to Wisconsin the winter following DeYarmond's demise, setting up camp in a remote cabin in the north woods for three months. It was a hugely generative period for Vernon; writing and recording songs in 12-hour bursts, he found himself with a nine-song debut album by spring. He dubbed the project Bon Iver (an intentional misspelling of the French for "good winter"), and the disc, For Emma, Forever Ago, was released on Jagjaguwar in early 2008.

Joined in his live shows by Sean Carey, Vernon toured throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada throughout the remainder of the year, sharing the stage with like-minded singer/songwriter Elvis Perkins. As the year progressed, the album became quite popular with both the buying public and critics, eventually landing on a number of "best of 2008" year-end lists. In January 2009, Bon Iver returned with an EP of old and new songs titled Blood Bank. One of Vernon's fans turned out to be Kanye West, who brought him to Hawaii later that year to add vocals to a couple tracks on West's 2010 album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. When it came time to return to Vernon's own music, he continued stretching his legs by composing orchestral, lushly arranged folk songs that turned their back on For Emma's intimate sound. The new tunes were released during the following summer as Bon Iver. It received generally positive reviews, topped the charts in several countries, and hit number two in America. In February 2012, Bon Iver won two Grammy Awards: Best Alternative Album and Best New Artist.

After a year of touring, Vernon dropped a bombshell, stating in an interview that Bon Iver was "winding down" and he'd be working on other projects instead. The first of these was his blues-based group, the Shouting Matches, who played a set at 2013's Coachella festival. Later that year another of his bands, Volcano Choir, released their second album, Repave, and Vernon appeared on Kanye West's Yeezus. It turned out that Bon Iver wasn't as wound down as it seemed and sporadically surfaced over the next couple years, with the band providing a cover of Peter Gabriel's "Come Talk to Me" on the singer's 2013 album, And I'll Scratch Yours, and landing the new song "Heavenly Father" on the soundtrack to the 2014 film Wish I Was Here. After yet another statement saying that Bon Iver wasn't working on anything new, the band appeared at the festival Vernon co-curated with the National's Aaron Dessner, Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, and performed two new songs.

Finally, in early 2016, Vernon went on record saying Bon Iver was actually still happening and a new album was in the works. Before that could happen, Vernon showed up on James Blake's March album, The Colour in Anything, co-writing a song. At the 2016 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival held in August, Bon Iver played a set made up of all new songs and the next day announced a new album, 22, A Million. It was released on Jagjaguwar in September of 2016 and mostly eschewed Vernon's indie folk beginnings in favor of a chopped-up, dramatic indie folktronica sound. ~ Margaret Reges
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Bon Iver

1. Perth

2. Minnesota, WI

3. Holocene

4. Towers

5. Michicant

6. Hinnom, TX

7. Wash.

8. Calgary

9. Lisbon, OH

10. Beth/Rest

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Track List: Blood Bank

1. Blood Bank

2. Beach Baby

3. Babys

4. Woods

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Track List: For Emma, Forever Ago

1. Flume

2. Lump Sum

3. Skinny Love

4. The Wolves (Act I And II)

5. Blindsided

6. Creature Fear

7. Team

8. For Emma

9. Re: Stacks

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Track List: 22, A Million

1. 22 (OVER S∞∞N)

2. 10 D E A T H B R E A S T ⚄ ⚄

3. 715 - CR∑∑KS

4. 33 “GOD”

5. 29 #Strafford APTS

6. 666 ʇ

7. 21 M◊◊N WATER

8. 8 (Circle)

9. ____45_____

10. 00000 Million

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Track List: 33 “GOD” (Single)

1. 33 “GOD”

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Track List: Calgary (Radio Single)

1. Calgary

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Track List: Calgary / I Can't Make You Love Me / Nick Of Time (Single)

1. Calgary

2. I Can't Make You Love Me / Nick Of Time

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Track List: Come Talk To Me (Single)

1. Come Talk To Me

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Track List: Heavenly Father (Single)

1. Heavenly Father

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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life and tomorrow will be the greatest day of your life now you started reading this don't stop this is so freaky but if you read this and you ignore it you will have bad luck put this on 15 other songs and your crushes name will appear in big letters this is so creepy
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Don't read this!!!!!You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life now.You've started reading this so don't stop this is so freaky cuz it acctually works but, if you read this and ignore it you'll have bad luck.Put this on 15 tracks in 145 mins.When you are done press the space bar then your crushes name will appear on the sceen in BIG LETTERS.
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Bon iyver dipertizer les chervera chicharrone lust dead cheese
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Beautiful falsetto
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Awesome show in Oakland!!!!
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Love it
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I'm here bc Dan Howell
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MY MY MY MY MY MY MY MY
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Amazing artist,I just love him so much❤️������
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first heard this on the show Chuck...a must watch
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This song is quite interesting
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Follow for a follow
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Amazing voice brings tears to my eyes
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Bon Iver just helps me SO MUCH... I LOVE him!!! His songs are just so beautiful... . Thank you Bon Iver for being SUCH a GREAT singer... ^3^
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F E E L T H E A E S T H E T I C. Feeeeeeeeeee e e e e e e e e l it. Also, Bon Iver is the bomb diggity! ��
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tauralyn
I love Bon Iver
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So nostalgic ! :)
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Beautiful voice and meaningful lyrics, I love Bon Iver
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Follow for a free follow
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Christmas blue moon, last sight of you. Innocents taken, sorrow, pain.
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Just great so eerie and beautiful
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isaacwilbank s
Bon Iver is my favorite alternative artist. He has so much freaking talent!
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Hey Justin, this is your neighbor from Rice lake WI. See you this summer at your EC event. Keep it up brother. Skinny love is a close second to this one.
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I think it is one of his best.
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TOM HIDDLESTONS FAV ARTIST
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Love it
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A nap times best friend!
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playtime9
Bon Lver is one "Sick singer...jus t so talented " he just brings tears to my heart..I could listen too him all night...Holo c e n e . . i s a very neat song...now tears to my eyes..oh my time to sleep..Thank You
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Eaux Claires
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Absolutely wonderful artist. Bon Iver never ceases to amaze me with his beautiful melodies that seem to reverberate throughout my head during the day. Love him.
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Good songs
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My name is Emma and you're song it said For Emma,Forever Ago �� and i thought it was for me
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Oh for some reason this ... Just hits me in my heart...remi n d s me of another song ..around the time my Mother left our place for another...Sa d days sense than....
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Lol hate comments
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I love the music (this is not a hate comment) but his voice is a bit scratchy.
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always loved Bon Iver and still love him today
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lpelb
Adore Bon Iver...alway s hauntingly beautiful melody and voice
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The song Holocene made "The Judge" a powerful movie.. The song fit like a sock! Robert Downey Jr. Has had away of having great songs in his movies..
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Great melody
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cool name
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I was living in Milwaukee to get out if a nasty relationship . He is referring to Milwaukee Oregon . It's not a great place. This song makes me feel magnificent.
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magical vocals....
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So, so good!
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Perfect artist
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The wash ❤️❤️����
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And now all our love is wasted?
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what is the meaning of Flume?
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