Bon Iver to release new album in June

'For Emma, Forever Ago' follow-up is on its way

Bon Iver are set to release their next album in June.

The as-yet untitled follow-up to 2007’s ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ will feature ten new songs.

Frontman Justin Vernon told Rolling Stone that in order to write the album he needed to re-learn how to write music.


“Somewhere along the line I forgot how to write songs,” he said. “I couldn’t do it anymore with a guitar. It wasn’t happening.”

He added: “I brought in a lot of people to change my voice – not my singing voice but my role as the author of this band, this project.”

Vernon worked with saxophonist Colin Stetson, who has worked with Arcade Fire and Linda Rondstadt collaborator Greg Leisz in the past.

He explained that each song on the album represent a place. Of the song ‘Perth’, Vernon said: “It’s a Civil War-sounding heavy metal song. It’s sort of chaotic, dense, jarring.”

He called album closer ‘Beth/Rest’ the song he is “most proud of. It’s definitely the part where you pick up your joint and re-light it.”

Vernon recently featured on Kanye West’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ album.


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