Bon Iver’s breakthrough album, For Emma, Forever Ago (2007), provides an invaluable case study for the model of analysis outlined in my master’s thesis, Towards a Model for Analyzing Microphone Practice on Rock Recordings (Lewis, 2010). This album has been lauded by critics, musicians and recordists alike, most often as a triumph of the emerging ‘project’ aesthetic in recording practice (which refers to recording performed in spaces other than professional studios, with limited access to recording technology).
Specifically, Vernon tracked For Emma, Forever Ago in a hunting cabin deep in the woods of Wisconsin (Captain Obvious, 2007). He recorded all but a few of the vocal and horn tracks which appear on FEFA using only a single Shure SM57 dynamic (moving coil) microphone
Bon Iver is a Grammy Award winning indie folk band from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States, and one of Justin Vernon's current and most notable music projects to date
The band also consists of Mike Noyce, Sean Carey and Matt MacCaughan. The name 'Bon Iver' (pronounced "bon ee-VAIR") is a play on the French phrase 'bon hiver' meaning 'good winter'
On Justin Vernon’s chest, just under his collarbone, there is a tattoo of the state of Wisconsin, with the six counties he knows best outlined.
Often when singing, Vernon lands on cryptic words: “acrost,” “melic,” “noachide” and so forth. The meaning is in the melody, the texture, the implication.
Richard Buckner is a big influence for me. His words are just about a sound and barely about meaning, but I could find all these crazy meanings in there.
Justin is a big fan of Kanye West and Olson on Gayngs, whom he quoted as inspiration for his album Bon Iver
In 2012, Bon Iver won a grammy for Best New Artist
After receiving their Grammy, Bon Iver announced that they would continue to put our music as Bon Iver because he "loves it. I will always do it and I always want to do it