Bon Iver Information
Bon Iver, fronted by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon, began in a cabin in Medford, Wisconsin. Vernon came here to recover from two recent breakups, one being with his former band and the other with his girlfriend, while also battling a case of mono. It was from this time here, at his father's cabin that he created the critically acclaimed album, "For Emma, Forever Ago". Released in 2008 and launching the single "Skinny Love", the album was immediately well received and garnered praise from the New York Times calling it, "irresistible". With it's quiet acoustic guitar along with Vernon's beautifully articulate falsetto, songs such as "Re:Stacks" and "Flume" were featured on TV shows such as House and Grey's Anatomy. Justin Vernon went on to collaborate with artists St. Vincent and Kanye West, helping bring him to a wider audience.
On June 21, 2011 the self titled sophomore album was released, "Bon Iver, Bon Iver" saw a change in the sonic landscape from the first albums hushed instrumentation. Bringing in horn arrangements and pedal steel guitar, songs like "Perth" and "Calgary" provide the listener with surreal visuals and layers upon layers of vocal harmonies. The efforts of this album helped earn Bon Iver four nominations and two awards at the 2012 Grammy's, one for Best New Artist and the other for Best Alternative Music Album.