Justin Vernon caught all kinds of hell when Bon Iver, Bon Iver was first being teased five years ago for sounding like a 2k11 update to Bruce Hornsby and the Range. Then, he dropped the LP and it won a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album and everyone understood how great it actually was. So, upon hearing some of the songs off of Bon Iver’s third studio LP, 22, A Million, if you’re worried that things will sound real light contempo, fear not, Bonny Bear fans.
With “33 “God”,” if there are any influences to draw here, it’s from folks like James Blake. Maybe their collaboratives with Fall Creek Boys Choir rubbed off on his solo work. The single is drenched in reverb and bittersweet vocals, as Vernon coos morosely “When we leave this room it’s gone.”
This new lyric video follows the previous singles released from 22, A Million: “22 (OVER S∞∞N)” and “10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄” — have fun typing that into Google or Spotify. Now these have both been promising tracks as well, but not so much that we’re going to run out and get the record tattooed on ourselves just yet. Maybe we don’t have that kind of dedication.
22, A Million drops on September 30.