Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Bon Iver - Calgary

This track is a dream.

Not least because fans of Justin Vernon's work have been waiting since 2007 for the band's next album - self-titled and set to arrive on June 21st.  Mark that in your diaries.

More so, Calgary offers a musical dreamscape.  Like the watercolour painting of the album's cover art (pictured), it's soft and ethereal with a wintery chill.  Unlike the typical acoustic tracks of 'For Emma, Forever Ago', such as the beautiful classic Skinny Love, this track has a more electronic, ambient feel.  Synths waver listlessly, perfectly complimenting Vernon's falsetto vocal.  As the song builds, light percussion punctuates the silky texture and electric guitars shiver with distortion. 

Fingers crossed Calgary is exemplary of the upcoming album - definitely one to look forward to.

Before that, click here to download Calgary for free.  No excuses.