August 29, 2013
Volcano Choir - 'Repave'
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7 / 10 Pining for a new Bon Iver record? Desperate to hear a fully grown man with a beard reveal his manly feelings? Then ‘Repave’, the second album from Justin Vernon’s Volcano Choir, should help. Apart from the weirdly out-of-place vocoder moment on ‘Comrade’, it’s a layered, lush and lovely eight-track affair. The meaty ‘Byegone’ prowls like a randy sasquatch, while ‘Alaskans’ offers a softer, more meandering kind of laptop folkishness. “Take note, there’s still a hole in your heart”, howls Justin on ‘Dancepack’, with that same keen desperation that made Bon Iver such a phenomenon.
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