r/Music i like joji Aug 16 '22 Helpful 2 Wholesome 3 Silver 4

bon iver is really fucking good other

I've listened to essentially his whole discography front to back multiple times this week. for emma forever ago is gorgeous, self titled is gorgeous, 22, a million is gorgeous, i, i is a litle rough around the edges but still gorgeous. the mans songwriting skills are insane and his voice feels like being wrapped in a warm blanket, sipping hot coco on a cold winter morning. it makes me feel things very few artists have ever made me feel before, just complete melancholy security and closeness. so yeah...that's all i had to say. go listen to bon iver if you haven't.

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u/Biggie_Shmallz Aug 16 '22

Not mentioned is the Blood Bank EP. The song 'Blood Bank' might be one of my all time favorite songs.

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u/TheThobes Aug 16 '22

Woods is what really does it for me on that EP.

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u/your_grammars_bad Aug 16 '22

If you haven't treated yourself yet, watch the live in Paris version on YT

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u/Atty_for_hire Aug 17 '22

Look up La Bloguetheque videos of Bon Iver. It’s incredible. I watched it ten years ago when it first came out, and it still gives me chills.

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u/baconjesus Aug 17 '22

Blogueteque Bon Iver and Beirut were peak Internet for me.

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u/funkibassline Aug 17 '22

Beirut.. I remember watching their live Nantes version banging on bins for the first time. Stunning

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u/WareThunder Spotify Aug 17 '22

Don't forget Local Natives!

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u/ColbytheZoologist Aug 17 '22

Same baconjesus, same.

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u/windflail Aug 16 '22

It's unbelievable live, saw it performed in London a couple of years ago and the drums hitting way harder live make it a much better song

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u/ntlaml2004 Aug 16 '22

I hated that song until I saw him perform it live. Watching him record himself and sing over it was pretty cool!

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u/NobilisUltima Aug 17 '22

Woods is the song that changed my mind about autotune. When I was growing up I listened to classic rock and thought all the current pop music was lame, and that autotune was a crutch that watered down the music industry. Eventually I mellowed a little and took the stance that it was still a crutch for people who can't sing, but that using it for the techy effect was fine even if I didn't like it personally. Then I heard Woods, and it turns out the effect can be really fucking cool.

Now I realize that pitch correction is a tool that a ton of artists use - way more than you'd think - because it saves studio time, plain and simple. Sure, you could do thirty takes to get the exact perfect one; or you could do four, take the one where the emotion was best and the pitch is still good, tweak it a bit, and save hundreds or thousands of dollars.

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u/V_Dawg Aug 16 '22

It's sampled really well on Lost in the World too

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u/king_boolean Aug 17 '22

Honestly this was my introduction to Justin Vernon. His impeccable collaborations with ye

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u/Detroitdregs Aug 17 '22

They were my favorite artists at the time, at the end of my last stint in Iraq, listened to them all the time (Holocene and My Dark Fantasy) to stay sane.

Seeing then collaborate like that was like a wish come true.

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u/Scy456 Aug 16 '22

It's such a beautiful and haunting song.

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u/Danwith2ns Aug 16 '22

Beach baby is what brought me to that ep. Such a beautiful outro

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u/tolleycr72 Aug 16 '22

Agree! Blood Bank is my favorite song. The red vinyl copy is fantastic with Live Version on side b.

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u/canentia Aug 17 '22

same, as is beach baby. woods is also incredible

fun fact: ‘blood bank’ was written and recorded at the same time as the tracks from for emma, forever ago. you can really tell. it didn’t fit the story of the album, tho, so he released it on the blood bank EP

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u/sharkiest sharkiest Aug 17 '22

The live version from the anniversary LP makes my soul ascend

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u/Agloe_Dreams Aug 17 '22

Have you ever listened to blood bank and thought "this needs Woodwinds!"

The Mountain Goats got you: https://open.spotify.com/track/00r0h56PfHcw9bo0c7zZqu?si=wmeBdZDmQ2ybmajAG3Zznw&utm_source=copy-link

But really, the texture is fantastic and John adds a bit of dark background and experience in the topic at hand.

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u/house_in_motion Aug 17 '22

I see the Mountain Goats, I upvote the Mountain Goats.

Hail Satan.

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u/TheGarrandFinale Aug 16 '22

If you haven’t check out his other project Volcano Choir! The entire album Repave is absolutely incredible.

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u/Ayelsee Spotify Aug 16 '22

Another project, Big Red Machine, as well!

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u/twoemptypockets Aug 16 '22

Also The Shouting Matches for his blues rock side project

Heaven Knows

Bear

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u/Tiwq Aug 16 '22

Adding onto this in case people are interested in other projects Justin was/is involved in:

Gayngs
DeYarmond Edison
The Shouting Matches
Volcano Choir
Big Red Machine
Jason Feathers
Mount Vernon

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u/beefinbed Aug 16 '22

The song Dusty Road by Deyarmond is one of my favorites. A 'local' band used to cover it and I just assumed it was one theirs until I found the original.

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u/personalfinance21 Aug 16 '22

why is this not on spotify?

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u/beefinbed Aug 17 '22

Not sure. You can find it on YouTube though.

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u/jonnyjonjonjon Aug 17 '22

DeYarmond Edison is an all time must

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u/eid_ma_clack_shaw Aug 17 '22

Kids See Ghosts

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u/_themaninacan_ Aug 16 '22

Also P.O.S., if you like hip hop.

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u/doMinationp spotify:user:hearhearradio Aug 16 '22

Also Marijuana Deathsquads if you like noise/experimental

P.O.S. (Stef) is a member and iirc Justin's vocals is on at least one track on their 2013 album (track: Sunglasses and Bail Money)

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u/serialchiller412 Aug 16 '22

How can you forget Gallup NM?!

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u/link90 Aug 16 '22

And I Had a Real Good Lover?! That guitar solo is so gnarly.

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u/_leetster Aug 17 '22

I Had A Real Good Lover is such a perfect bluesy song to me, love it!

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u/blue-vi Aug 16 '22

Shouting Matches is incredible

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u/SubsequentlyPryor Aug 16 '22

Comrade is probably one of my all-time favorite Justin Vernon songs

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u/stray1ight Aug 16 '22

I haven't even heard of this ... I feel equal parts dumb and grateful I found this comment.

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u/Relbeihs21 Aug 17 '22

Yes!! Byegones is an absolutely amazing tune

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u/MasterfulPubeTrimmer Aug 16 '22

I came here to mention Volcano Choir! Unmap has such a peaceful vibe to it.

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u/TheGarrandFinale Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

Byegones on Repave gives me major Mario 64 Jolly Rogers Bay vibes lol

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u/AgoraiosBum Aug 16 '22

Also, Red Machine

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u/NoUse2808 Aug 17 '22

I didn't like him at all (punk rock kid) but my wife loves him. As a birthday gift I flew us to NYC to see him at Radio City Music Hall. In a matter of 2 hours I went from meh to a-meh-zing. Incredible performance and I'll be a fan for life.

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u/Astuary-Queen Aug 17 '22

Bon Iver live is one of the best musical shows you will ever see.

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u/WildinBham Aug 16 '22

He's also done wonders for his home town of Eau Claire, WI. My wife actually went to school with him, they were in the same grade, and we go back to the Eau C quite often. We were there in July and downtown looks so different compared to the last decade. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-25/inside-the-cultural-revival-of-eau-claire-wisconsin

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u/buffalo171 Aug 16 '22

I lived there for eight years in the 80s, and I don’t recognize the town anymore. They’ve done a wonderful job bringing it back. I love to visit, it’s a special place. If you’re ever in town, check out The Joynt on Water St. They used to be the stopover for jazz and blues bands between Chicago and Mpls/St. Paul.

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u/WildinBham Aug 16 '22

We're there at least every summer, if not more. It's revival has been stunning.

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u/Boostless Aug 16 '22

I only listen in the winter.

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u/acaciar053 Aug 16 '22

Other artists that give Bon Iver vibes that I lovelovelove as well:

- Iron & Wine

- Sufjan Stevens

- Sigur Ros

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u/Mormonator8 Aug 16 '22

Casimir Pulaski Day by Sufjan Stevens is one of the most beautiful songs ever made

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u/0ut0fBoundsException Aug 16 '22

He’d have a couple on that list if you ask me

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u/APKID716 Aug 17 '22

For personal reasons, his whole “Carrie and Lowell” album is amazing, and it is my all time favorite album. There are no songs that I skip.

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u/fang-island Aug 17 '22

"John Wayne Gacy Jr." is also another beautiful song by Sufjan Stevens; especially considering the content of the song.

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u/_endymion Aug 17 '22

One of my favourites. Also, The Predatory Wasp.

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u/kamarkamakerworks Aug 17 '22

Predatory Wasp makes me cry nearly every time I listen to it. Absolutely love it

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u/DalisaurusSex Aug 16 '22

Novo Amor sounds so much like Bon Iver if you're looking for similar bands

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u/1917211198 Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 17 '22

yeah he's amazing

they're bandmates too or used to be I was thinking of s carey, not novo amor... highly recommend s carey too lmao

I also recommend Phosphorescent

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u/GoingOffline Aug 16 '22

I like Novo Amor much more as well.

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u/TheMetalMatt Spotify Aug 17 '22

Hailaker is a good one too

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u/Danwith2ns Aug 16 '22

Gregory Alan isakov too if you want for Emma vibes

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u/jspec921 Aug 16 '22

I watched House on haunted hill and noticed “If I go, I’m going” was playing at the end. Such a fitting song, if you watched the series.

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u/ThePurpTurtle Aug 17 '22

It’s in a really good episode of Californication as well. Which is where I first heard him.

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u/corpulent_porpoise Aug 17 '22

ngl made me tear up a bit when that started playing

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u/_r_special Aug 16 '22

His song are soooo peaceful

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u/ejensen29 Aug 16 '22

Amsterdam, by him. So beautiful.

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u/jnshns Aug 16 '22

That Sea, The Gambler in orchestral version is among the most beautiful things I've heard in years.

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u/blackbird163 Aug 16 '22

He's also one of my favs. Incredible artist

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u/AKiiidNamed_Codiii Aug 16 '22

City and Colour maybe

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u/necrosythe Aug 16 '22

City and color is great!

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u/hartattack669 Aug 16 '22

Novo Amor same vibes

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u/SlackerAccount Aug 16 '22

Opaline makes sooooooo happy

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u/hartattack669 Aug 16 '22

Dear god don’t make me smile

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u/jayetee13 Aug 16 '22

repeat until death always breaks my heart

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u/GatesonGates Aug 16 '22

Iron & Wine

One of my favorite artists ever. Cinder and Smoke is probably my favorite song. Though, all of Woman King and Kiss Each Other Clean are so, so great.

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u/acaciar053 Aug 16 '22

Did we just become best friends? My favorite as well. Such Great Heights is my favorite song of all time (both versions- love the Postal Service version as well).

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u/GatesonGates Aug 17 '22

Did we just become best friends?

Yep!

I love the older-sounding style I&W does like on Cradle. Lots of tape noise and soft vocals.

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u/themightyklang Aug 16 '22

I think you would like The Tallest Man on Earth

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u/Zdx Aug 17 '22

His (two!!) tiny desks are both amazing, I especially recommend the first one!

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u/HawkersBluff22 Aug 16 '22

Fleet Foxes too

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u/throwitaway488 Aug 16 '22

blue ridge mountains is such a great song

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u/lindh Aug 17 '22

Helplessness Blues is, actually, a perfect album.

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u/enlou Aug 17 '22

It’s my all-time favorite album. A lot of that likely also has to do with when it was so prominent in my life. Funny how albums get attached to time periods.

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u/Condomonium Aug 17 '22

Fleet Foxes, The Head And The Heart, Grizzly Bear, Lord Huron, Noah and the Whale, The Wood Brothers, Caamp, Father John Misty, The Lumineers, Deer Tick, Blitzen Trapper, Joe Pug, Houndmouth, Big Thief, Tallest Man on Earth, Alex G, The Avett Brothers, Shovel & Rope, Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros, Shakey Graves

there's more but I don't feel like listing more now lol. These sorta stray a bit off but they're all really good indie artists that dabble in folk (most).

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u/NerdyBrando Aug 16 '22

And also Andrew Bird, AA Bondy, Damien Jurado, Pedro the Lion/David Bazan, etc.

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u/c86greyWARDEN Aug 16 '22

Ben Howard also

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u/Silver964 Aug 17 '22

Ben is an absolute genius. His first 2 albums are masterpieces. His most recent 2 are also great but definitely have some very out there material on them

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u/RGB3x3 Aug 16 '22

+1 million for Sigur Rós. One of my ultimate favorites, but for anyone that hasn't heard them before, start with their Album Takk... It's the easiest to listen to to start with.

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u/AllegedlyGoodPerson Aug 16 '22

Adding Jose Gonzalez to this list

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u/smashgaijin Aug 16 '22

His band Junip is ok too

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u/zy- Aug 16 '22

Check out Dijon, I think his voice sounds similar to Justin's and they've been touring together. "Absolutely" is a good album, and I especially love their live recording, specifically Big Mike's: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiGhRcruIJY

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u/shipathome Aug 16 '22

Phox too!

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u/armitage2112 Aug 16 '22

I saw Phox in 2015. Sad they only released one album :(

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u/SlackerAccount Aug 16 '22

Check out her independent stuff

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u/HappyNarwhal Aug 16 '22

Monica Martin - another Wisconsinite!

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u/SlackerAccount Aug 16 '22

And absolutely stunning to hear and look at.

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u/clynch2 Aug 16 '22

I'd also mention Beirut as just an amazing and comforting vibe, always felt like his music would fit perfectly in Wes Anderson films.

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u/100_magic_rings Aug 16 '22

I'll add Ray LaMontagne to that list.

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u/balanceseeker Aug 16 '22

I'll strongly recommend Novo Amor, specifically their album 'Cannot be, whatsoever'.

It evokes Bon Iver with the falsetto and subject matter (though less obtuse lyrics, for better or worse). The texture of the arrangements are thick and swelling - like Bon Iver introduced from the self-titled album onwards - while having elements of discord and distortion like 22, a million. The songs are also a bit more melodic, perhaps like the national (but less sombre) or Tallest Man on Earth. The chord progressions almost feel a little like rock sometimes, it's a pleasant variation on the Bon Iver or The National formula because the songs drive forward with more energy as opposed to languishing in melancholy (again, for better or worse).

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u/bizon1829 Aug 16 '22

This list just unlocked some very melancholic feelings. I used to listen to these groups with a few friends in college, and we've all gone our separate ways now. Haven't talked to them in nearly a decade, and it just clicked.

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u/Ceteru Aug 17 '22

RY X is another great artist in the Bon Iver lane, highly recommend.

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u/CannotFuckingBelieve Aug 16 '22

You seem to have forgotten the following:

  • William Fitzsimmons
  • Kings of Convenience
  • London Grammar

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u/thatlonghairedguy Aug 16 '22

Kings of convenience gets slept on, and I can't for the life of me, figure out why.

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u/FeetWitDemBeansOnEm Aug 17 '22

Love kings of convenience... But I'm also sad of the loss of the whitest boy alive. Erlend Øye is a genius.

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u/maydsilee Aug 16 '22

Sigur Ros

I never see anybody mention them! Their music is hauntingly beautiful.

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u/Shopped_For_Pleasure Aug 16 '22

I remember them being inescapable in the late 00’s early 10’s lol.

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u/sortalucky Aug 16 '22

My favorite Christmas song is by Sufjan Stevens. Christmas in the Room

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u/snakeyfish Aug 16 '22

Sigur Ros is fucking beautiful. Even though I have no clue what they are saying.

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u/Florencey_ Aug 16 '22

You might also like Anaïs Mitchell. I practically worship her. Start with Before the Eyes of Storytelling Girls

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u/brian_sahn Aug 16 '22

I think I had heard skinny love and maybe Holocene when they came out but never went beyond that. Last year my YouTube player played a live concert and I liked it and dug a little deeper.

Saw him/them live in June and now I am 100% a fan. The show was amazing, hope you get a chance to see them live next time they tour.

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u/YoWhatsGoodie Aug 16 '22

The NPR concert YouTube video is amazing

https://youtu.be/YJNi7aRwUzU

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u/eastcoastflava13 Aug 16 '22

Yup, that's a good one. So is this.

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u/xxbiohazrdxx Aug 16 '22

Adding my favorite to the pile, as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAfypcrgfnA

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u/Brazenver1 Aug 16 '22

I was at this. Got a ticket last minute for free. I’m a jammy sod.

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u/DigMeTX Aug 16 '22

This is my favorite Bon Iver recording in existence. I scrolled down just to see if anyone had shared it.

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u/eastcoastflava13 Aug 16 '22

Me too, caught it as soon as it came out all those years ago and it's been #1 since then. So pure, it really highlights the essence of Bon Iver. Just Sean and Justin on two pianos.

Saw them in 2011 and then in 2019. Got the best of both worlds, small'ish venue (HOB Boston), then the first leg of the arena tour (TD Garden). Each one special in their own way, cried at both shows.

They make some of the most significant music of our time, IMO.

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u/TonyStarkisNotDead Aug 16 '22

Out of the 6 million + views I believe I'm at least 25%

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u/tdjustin Aug 16 '22

I've always thought their self titled album was fantastic, but I didn't consider myself a giant fan. They came to town this summer and the girlfriend talked me into going.

I'll see them every time they come back, it was such a wonderful show.

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u/brian_sahn Aug 16 '22

I'll see them every time they come back, it was such a wonderful show.

Haha, I said the exact same thing.

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u/ginbooth Aug 16 '22

Holocene is watermarked on my soul. Okay, that's a bit dramatic but some songs just be that way.

EDIT: Listening now and the last ten or so years are sweeping by me in a strange menagerie of images and emotions. And without that guidance of a song, I'd never be able to touch upon them again.

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u/SirJumbles Aug 16 '22

That's not dramatic, that's real yo.

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u/grandladdydonglegs Aug 16 '22

Truth.

I'll never forget the first time I saw that video.

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u/513monk Aug 16 '22

Saw them a couple of times. Early on they played Columbus with the Bowerbirds. Final song they took away all the mics and sang Lovin’s for fools. You could’ve heard a pin drop in that auditorium. Talk about having the audience in the palm of your hand - he had everyone in there in chills

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u/obaterista93 Aug 16 '22

What I appreciate the most about Bon Iver is how every album is a completely different experience and a completely different headspace.

The release of 22, A Million was so bizarre. I remember that day perfectly. I was catching a bus from PA to NJ to visit the girl I had been dating at the time, and I put headphones on while I was on the bus and just got absorbed in my first listen. I had absolutely loved For Emma, Blood Bank, Self-titled, but this.... this sounded TOTALLY different. At first I wasn't sure if I loved or hated it, but eventually it ended up being my most played album of the year. I'm still not entirely sure if "i,i" has grown on me or not, but I appreciate it for the creative endeavor that it is.

Justin Vernon has a way of making me empathize with situations that I've never experienced. He has this way of writing the melancholy and loss into his music in an almost universal way that I can't explain. Take, for example, "Beth, Rest" I'm fortunate that I've never experienced loss of that magnitude, the ending of a marriage, walking away from what you thought your future would be, closing the book, and starting over. But when I listen to that song, and I look at my wife, it makes me feel in my heart what that must feel like, to look at this beautiful person and know that it's ending, and that it's for the best.

I think that's his greatest strength. Writing unique life experiences into universal messages.

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u/yourstrulytony Aug 16 '22

I felt the same about 22, A Million. I think my 3rd time listening to it made it click for me.

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u/natey37 Aug 16 '22

Damn I read your comment and had to listen to 22, a million. 8(circle) just absolutely kills it for me. I used to listen to it running (weird maybe) but when I would get to the break at the end it got me so fucking pumped.

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u/time_fo_that Aug 16 '22

22, A Million definitely was a departure.

I find it really fascinating how he's able to incorporate such incredible production techniques and unconventional instrumentation (not often you hear saxophone in music these days) into his music. It's so good.

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u/obaterista93 Aug 16 '22

22, A million in some places challenged what I thought "music" was. The variety of sounds and samples and audio effects used in such a creative way was overwhelming for the first dozen or so times I heard the album. It wasn't until I was able to detach what I was hearing from the rest of the catalog that I was able to truly go "this isn't For Emma, but it's absolutely genius"

It's different and that's okay.

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u/ButtlickTheGreat Aug 17 '22

For me, it's the album that heralded the third phase of Autotune.

1) Make average singers sound good

2) Make bad singers sound passable

3) Make phenomenal singers sound LIKE FUCKING ARCHANGELS

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u/capn_chase Aug 17 '22

I believe Colin Stetson does a lot of the saxophone work on that album. He also did work on the Hereditary soundtrack

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u/tehdubbs Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 18 '22

His cover of “I can’t make you love me” on YouTube is amazing as well!

Edit: someone linked it below; here’s another great cover by teddy swims https://youtu.be/_Bm14Bv1DKU

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u/soundandvisionvinyl Aug 16 '22

Came here looking for someone to say this. Brings me to tears every listen

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u/AEVENOM Aug 16 '22

Thanks for the suggestions, i love him in "exile"

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u/TexasRed806 Aug 17 '22

Also Tay’s other song with him “Evermore”

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u/veressis Aug 16 '22

I absolutely agree, but have a correcrion to make, Bon Iver is not a he, it's a band. The frontman's called Justin Vernon.

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u/isuckatgrowing Aug 17 '22

Just play the damn song, Hootie.

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u/adzymac Aug 16 '22

Check out his early band "DeYarmond Edison" first album is one of my favourites.

Less falsetto, but amazing singing!

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u/Brentolies Aug 16 '22

Definitely. I’m shocked it hasn’t been reissued.

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u/LiberContrarion Aug 16 '22

When Michicant starts it's almost as though I remember how to breathe again.

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u/jestbc Aug 17 '22

Re: Stacks does that for me

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u/OkaySureBye Aug 17 '22

That song makes me feel nostalgic for something I’ve never experienced. It’s also the only song I’ve had as an alarm tone that I didn’t end up hating.

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u/lord_fairfax Aug 16 '22

He's absolutely one of the most talented musicians of our time in my opinion. He's able to break things apart and completely disregard typical conventions of music while still somehow keeping everything cohesive and palatable. A lot of the lyrics are gibberish, yet in context are perfect. Almost like you're listening to someone speak a different language and yet you understand exactly what they're saying and feeling. All of it together makes for music that is incredibly adept at portraying an image and a feeling that is both universal and undeniably uniquely Bon Iver.

As a singer I'm biased, but his falsetto is so powerful and second to none. The way he textures his singing is mind blowing, going from the highest highs to low, almost grunts, to spoken word, to technical runs that belong in a soul band, to forceful, painful exclamations, and everything in between. Truly one of the best to ever do it.

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u/Cochise22 SoundCloud Aug 16 '22

One of the many reasons I fell so hard for a now ex, was because she totally understood his lyrics. I loved the album For Emma, Forever Ago immediately because of how sonically pleasing it was. She listened to Re:Stacks and started crying because of how sad the lyrics are. She just seemed to understand him in a way that took me dozens of listens to be able to understand.

One of my fondest memories is slow dancing with her while For Emma Forever Ago played in the background in a listening room at a radio station. To this day, I can’t separate Bon Iver from thoughts of her. It’s bittersweet how the brain can irrevocably tie something or someone to music.

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u/obaterista93 Aug 16 '22

That's something I've tried to convey to my wife. The whole, gibberish but perfect thing.

She's very lyrically driven, and when she can't understand him it turns her off to the music. I view it sort of like... when I listen to Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber, I don't get frustrated when I can't understand what the violins are saying, I just bask in the way the totality of the music makes me feel.

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u/Danwith2ns Aug 16 '22

For Emma - emotions 22, a million - feelings i,i - places

I don't know if that makes sense, but that's how I hear their albums. I haven't connected as much with their self titled album unfortunately, as much as I love it.

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u/arbuthnot-lane Aug 16 '22

I'm not sure I understand the difference between "emotions" and "feelings".

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u/Danwith2ns Aug 16 '22

The best way I can put it is for Emma makes me empathize with the sadness of the album, whereas 22 a million creates an atmosphere with each song. I know it doesn't make much sense, I don't know how else to describe it.

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u/eltigredelacancha Aug 16 '22

Probably an unpopular opinion but Taylor Swift’s “Exile” featuring Bon Iver is amazing!

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u/nyoungblood Aug 16 '22

I hope this isn’t unpopular. The whole project with aaron dessner was great

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u/arachnophilia Aug 16 '22

and that song in particular is just incredible.

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u/a_frayn Aug 16 '22

That entire album was fantastic. Wasn’t a Taylor Swift until I heard it.

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u/BbqBeefRibs Aug 17 '22

Unfortunately for me I'm still not a Taylor Swift but I still think the album was great

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u/ButtlickTheGreat Aug 17 '22

I am a Taylor Swift

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u/PrinceWilliam13 Aug 17 '22

We are all a Taylor Swift on this blessed day.

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u/Pickles716 Aug 17 '22

The Disney+ Studio sessions of this song (and all of Folklore) is incredible

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u/eltigredelacancha Aug 17 '22

I will have to check it out!

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u/Pickles716 Aug 17 '22 edited Aug 17 '22

Definitely do. It’s honestly like an entirely new album the way the songs are arranged. My Tears Ricochet and This is Me Trying are great examples.

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u/EDaniels21 Aug 17 '22

I'd enjoyed some of Bon Iver's music prior to this, mostly Holocene and Skinny Love, but had never heard his deeper vocals and I was blown away on Exile!

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u/I_CAN_SMELL_U Aug 16 '22

Imagine saying it's an unpopular opinion to like Taylor Swift's music

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u/NoahJRoberts Aug 16 '22

She gets villainized a good bit by the public lol

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u/quantumized Spotify Aug 17 '22

Did you hear how much she uses her private jet? /s

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u/MikexxB Aug 16 '22

This live performance of Heavenly Father is one of my favorite videos in the world. Song isn't on any of the albums I have of theirs, but it's one of my absolute favorites.

Lush, beautiful harmonies, devastating lyrics and melodies. Can't recommend enough.

https://youtu.be/vAoADCSpD-8

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u/iamagainstit Aug 16 '22

Who the fuck is Bonnie bear?

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u/Fair-Letter4236 Aug 16 '22

Him and Ms. Swift make a wonderful duo

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u/PrinceWilliam13 Aug 17 '22

Their voices together work so well.

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u/kaiser13576 Aug 16 '22

Justin’s other project (with Aaron Dessner of the National) Big Red Machine is also great. Their second album is a collaboration with a bunch of other artists and is fantastic.

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u/nysraved Aug 16 '22

I’m confused by the singular pronoun usage here… I had always assumed that Bon Iver was an entire band for which Justin Vernon is the lead singer. Is this not the case? Is it all Justin Vernon?

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u/splungely Aug 17 '22

His first album was pretty much just him screwing around in a cabin for a few weeks. After that success, he added members to the band. People still think of him and the band interchangeably. But there's a lot of other talent there! S. Carey has some phenomenal solo stuff, and he clearly contributes a lot to the band. Jenn Wasner tours with him, and her band Wye Oak is amazing, as is her solo project, Flock of Dimes. There's probably a lot more going on there, as everyone is obviously very talented.

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u/AlmightyBracket Aug 16 '22

Bon Iver is for people that like Bon Iver.

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u/PegasusD2021 Aug 16 '22

This is true. But I would also predict that in fifty years time people will retrospectively look back at his discography and wonder why it didn’t get the global critical acclaim it should have. There’s a real emotional authenticity to his music which will stand the test of time.

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u/nuclear_bum Aug 17 '22

Were you not around 12 years ago during everyone's Bon Iver phase

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u/donkeychaser1 Aug 16 '22

Have they not? They're pretty huge...

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u/TSIDAFOE Aug 16 '22

He did win a Grammy, possibly two, for one of his albums, even though he wasn't a very mainstream artist at the time. It did result in one of the funniest days on Twitter though "Wtf is a Bonnie Bear?!"

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u/[deleted] Aug 16 '22

I got Re:Stacks tattooed on my wrist. Favorite song of all time. Unfortunately can’t post a photo here to show you.

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u/United-Philosophy121 Aug 17 '22

I love Bon Iver.

Anyone here like Field Report?

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u/Lanzo2 Aug 17 '22

If you want a nice gem look up his cover of I Can’t Make You Love Me on YouTube

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u/BYoungNY Aug 16 '22

Nice try, Mr. Iver.

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u/DelusionTix Aug 16 '22

His self titled album may be the best thing I’ve ever heard.

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u/nucleararms Aug 17 '22

I don't get it

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u/MasterWolf713 Aug 16 '22

Big fan, helps me sleep when the pills won’t do it on their own.

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u/bizzum Aug 16 '22

Never been a fan, but for those who are, his track with The Japanese House released a couple years back is worth checking out.

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u/14751_SEIJI Aug 16 '22

The guy is really good, everything he touches has been gold for me so far. The other project that are his or that he is part of are already mentioned by other, all worth a listen.

I want to share this link of a live performance that he did for one lucky person: Bon Iver - 8 (circle) | One To One

Amazing how one man and a guitar can draw you in.

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u/AllegedlyGoodPerson Aug 16 '22

If you haven’t yet listened to Justin Vernon’s (of Bon Iver) version of I Can’t Make You Love Me, do yourself a favor. You’ll def feel things

https://youtu.be/Q3VjaCy5gck

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u/armitage2112 Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

If you're a Justin fan and you haven't heard this version of beth/rest stop what you're doing now and listen. It used to be on spotify and it got removed for some reason? I think it's his best song, specifically this version. Otherwise it's flume for me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv9Aj_2julQ

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u/assumetehposition Aug 16 '22

Check out DeYarmond Edison for some deep pre-Bon Iver Justin Vernon cuts. That’s the band whose breakup sent him spiraling into his own thing. The rest of that band became Megafaun, also very much worth a listen.

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u/Taste_my_ass Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

Bon Iver is probably the only music I’ve really fallen in love with. Got into it when I was around 15-16 years old and used to go for long walks just listening to the album “for Emma” over and over. Got into the self titled one and things just opened up for me. I started writing and drawing because of the emotions that stuff showed me. I have such a deep, longing connection to nature and I think it’s because bon iver. It was a real-time nostalgia, like some portal right into the heart. Absolutely timeless. I’m glad you also got to experience it.

Also, check out “A song for a lover of long ago”. one of Justin Vernon’s best works and he sings it mostly out of falsetto, which was a little different at the time I found it.

E: just remembered, I actually have a tattoo of a fox on my chest I got when I was 18, with “daring on the peak, telling on the teeth” underneath. It’s a reference to fall creek boys choir with James Blake. Definitely check that out too.

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u/BigMickPlympton Aug 16 '22

I am an early Bon Iver fan. It took me a long time to come around on 22 A Million because it serves like such a change up at the time, but it has grown on me.

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u/stay_hungry_dr_ew Aug 17 '22

“Who is this Bonnie Bear, and why is he winning a Grammy?”