Justin Vernon says Bon Iver may be over as he 'doesn't really write songs anymore'

Singer-songwriter says he isn't in the right 'headspace' to make another Bon Iver album

Justin Vernon says Bon Iver may be over as he 'doesn't really write songs anymore'

Photo: Richard Johnson

Justin Vernon has admitted he is unsure about the future of his Bon Iver project because he doesn't "really write songs anymore".

Vernon, who this week (September 2) released a new album with his "other" band Volcano Choir, spoke to an Australian radio station about how his approach to songwriting has altered since the release of the last Bon Iver LP in 2011.

"I don't really write songs anymore. The last Bon Iver record was a very 'sitting down with a guitar and writing' kind of record," he told Triple J. "I really have to be in a specific headspace to even begin to illuminate an idea that would create another Bon Iver record, and I'm just not there."

Continuing, Vernon went on to explain: "I'm really honoured that Bon Iver gives me a platform to do whatever I want, but there's only so much time you can spend digging through yourself before you become insular. I'm not in a hurry to go back to that temperature. All of the music I've been making shifting away from Bon Iver feels really good ... so if I ever do go back to Bon Iver it will be all the better for it."

It was recently reported that Vernon will feature alongside Vampire Weekend and Kurt Vile on a Grateful Dead covers album [a]The National[a/] are working on. No tracklisting or release date has been announced yet, but proceeds are set to go to not-for-profit organisation Red Hot, which is focused on raising AIDS-awareness.

Read More On This Artist

More News
Waka Flocka Flame blames label for new album delay, wants to buy out contract
Skepta recruits 'Luther' actor Idris Elba for upcoming 'Shutdown' remix
Tobias Jesso Jr announces November UK tour and shares 'Without You' video - watch
Noel Gallagher reveals that he doesn't wear underwear onstage
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey backs Tidal, praises Jay Z for taking on 'new challenges'
Nitrous oxide 'not welcome' at Glastonbury's King’s Meadow area, say organisers
The Rolling Stones share alternate version of 'Can’t You Hear Me Knocking' - listen
Radiohead's Thom Yorke plus Brian May, Billy Bragg show support to Green Party MP Caroline...
Morrissey admits difficulty finding new record label, but dismisses 'desperate'...
Battles announce one-off London show
One Direction's Liam Payne says group's new songs sound 'a bit Oasis-y'
Flaming Lips, Bon Iver and Sia among artists to write songs for the Silver Lake Chorus choir
Nicki Minaj performs at millionaire's son's bar mitzvah - watch
Death From Above 1979 release trippy new 'Virgins' video – watch
Steve Aoki confirmed as judge on Simon Cowell's DJ talent show
Sam Smith cancels Australian tour dates after suffering vocal cord haemorrhage
Slipknot's Corey Taylor says he 'loves music but hates business'
Pete Townshend shares orchestral remake of The Who's 'Love, Reign O'er Me' -...
Everything Everything to judge new band competition and mentor finalists
Elton John and Janelle Monáe to appear on new Chic album
Rihanna, Lorde, Gerard Way and more react to Baltimore protests
Kendrick Lamar throws first pitch at LA Dodgers baseball game - watch

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM