“STAYING AT THE ACE HOTEL…”
This was one weird record… at first. Didn’t know what to make of this new chaotic Bon Iver. found on ’22, A Million’. Then, I hit repeat… over… and over again. Instead of a wilderness vibe, the forest – in which I describe all of Bon Iver’s sounds – has become corrupted like a virus. You really have to relax your mind as a listener. Otherwise, the million sounds will drive you nuts. But in between the auto tuned distortions are these heavenly moments of romantic sincerity. Something you won’t find anything else.
What I love about Justin Vernon & Bon Iver’s musical mission statement is that they continue to make their albums as difficult as possible to understand. Like each track is a way to piss us off. “You want something straight forward… naw, phuck that. 100 horns blaring at once. That’s what you get.” Is what I imagine when they are in the studio together.
In an age where music is digital over analog… ’22, A Million’ dives deep than I ever possibly thought. Historians will look back on this record as a grand experiment most likely. Which is cool. Because the men of Bon Iver did a great job at shattering musical structures in the artsy way possible. Consider this your indie rock gospel record for the ages.
- “33 “GOD””
- “8 (CIRCLE)”
- “22 (OVER S∞∞N)”
- “715 – CR∑∑KS”