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.