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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Sunday Music Blog

I have a weak spot for sad songwriters.  There's something about their sadness that makes me feel almost happy.  I'm not sure what that says about me.

Bon Iver's new album, For Emma, Forever Ago, makes me really happy.  Bon Iver is Justin Vernon.  And Justin Vernon is very sad.  He was in a band called DeYarmond Edison.  After they broke up, Vernon sought refuge in a cabin in northern Wisconsin.  During his four-month stay there he wrote and recorded For Emma, which will be released on February 19th.  You can listen to it here.

For Emma is a beautiful record, in a sad and intense sort of way. The songs have lots of layers, and Vernon sings in a comforting falsetto throughout the entire record.  Make sure to check out "Lump Sum," "Blindsided," "Creature Fear," and "re: Stacks."  But you should really spend some time with the whole record.  If you're anything like me, it will make you very happy.


Posted by Zachary Kramer on February 17, 2008 at 11:30 AM in Music | Permalink


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