Hitting the ground running with their resurgence back to the mainstream, on Wednesday night, Bon Iver pulled a big name off the late night circuit rolodex. Taking the stage of The Tonight Show, the Wisconsin indie folk band debuted their new song, “8 (circle),” from their upcoming third studio album, 22, A Million.
The performance included, of course, Bon Iver frontman and founder Justin Vernon along with the rest of the group, but also featured U.K. folk trio, The Staves, singing backup vocals.
Vernon’s powerful, unique voice in conjunction with a subdued light show lit up the stage spurring a near speechless Fallon who stated at the end of the song’s debut, “I got a thousand questions — I don’t know how you do it.”
This sentiment from the Tonight Show host is well warranted as “8 circle” proved to be a beautiful paradox between a somewhat somber melody and uplifting build.
22, A Million is set to be released in full on September 30, yet it has already somehow been deemed Bon Iver’s “best album.” Highly anticipated, this is the band’s first album in five years since Bon Iver, Bon Iver, which had previously introduced Vernon as an artist to a wide audience.
While we’re all waiting for September 30 to come sooner, in the meantime, you can try to snag tickets to see Bon Iver as they traverse the globe, kicking off October 1 in Berlin, Germany.