Founded 12 years ago singer and song-writer Justin Vernon, Bon Iver is a highly sorted after an American indie-folk band that has been rocking the airwaves in a unique manner.
While battling mononucleosis hepatitis, Vernon moved back to Wisconsin from Raleigh, North Carolina, after the breaking up of his band. It was while spending the winter months at his father’s cottage in Dunn County Wisconsin, that the “Bon Iver” name first flashed in his mind whereas, still suffering from hepatitis, the name originating from the 1990s TV series Northern Exposure.
Vernon’s aim was to convalesce from the previous’ year events with neither writing nor recording music any of his priority. However, during this isolation period, a record began to evolve eventually.
By the time he moved out to the cabin in late 2006, Vernon had with him some basic recording gear accrued from helping The Rosebuds band do some recording. Playing all the instruments during recording, Vernon wrote album lyrics by recording a gestured melody and heeding to the melody again and again, while writing words conferring to the sound of the syllables produced by the tune, after which each song underwent heavy editing with a large number of overdubs.
With the record almost not being released, the encouragements he received from some of his associates saw Vernon deciding to release the songs by himself, in their original form. 500 CDs were pressed, with 17 being sent to mainly blogs and the press.
Artist music career
The first notable attention received by the album was in June 2007, from My Old Kentucky blog. In turn, in October 2007, there was light when the album received an encouraging review from Pitchfork, a renowned indie publication. On that same month, Bon Iver performed at the industry platform festival CMJ Music Marathon, as a result of the exposure. The appearance saw several record labels interested and as a result, they decided to sign with Jagjaguwar, after speaking to different recording companies.
On February 19th 2008, Jagjaguwar gave For Emma, Forever Ago an official release, which saw the album garner critical approval. On May 12, 2008, the album was released in Europe and the UK. For Emma, Forever Ago received 5/5 and “Album of the Month” reviews in a number of magazines after its release in the UK. It became the seventh utmost rated album of 2008 on Metacritic and 29th placed in The Top 200 Albums of 2000s list as well as number 11 on Best Album of the ’00s list.
On June 17th 2011, Bon Iver, Bon Iver was released, the album having 10 songs, and it being a follow up to Forever Emma, Forever Ago. The album received several reviews and ratings, with one Josh Jackson rating the album a nine out of 10. Bon Iver, Bon Iver was awarded the first album of 2011 courtesy of pitchfork.com on December 15th, 2011. The announcement of the band on November 12th 2011 on its intention of taking a break from performing, just after the 2012 Dublin tour, came as a shock to many fans. However, their label affirmed that the band had not parted ways.
Two years of an on and of love affair with their fans came to an end on June 30th 2014 as the world was treated to the song ‘Heavenly Father’ which was later a featured tack on Zach Braff’s motion picture ‘Wish I Was Her’. After almost three years, on July 18, 2015, the band played their first show at the Eaux Claires Music Festival in EAU Claire, WI where two new songs were debuted. The band later announced on November 18th 2015 Asia tour starting early 2016.
On August 17, 2016, 22, A Million, was announced as their next studio album, the release date being September 30, 2016. A 10-song track list was also provided and lyric videos for two songs released. On August 29, 2016, the lyric video for 33 “GOD”, the third single from the album, was also released. On September 30, 2016, 22, A Million was released. It was acclaimed by several people as a”large stylistic shift” for the band.
Artist’s major works and achievements
Over the years, Bon Iver has achieved several accolades, all in his name. In 2012, “Holocene” was nominated as record of the year as well as song of the year during the Grammy Awards. In addition, “Holocene” was also nominated for the best rock video during the MTV video music awards Japan in the same year. Still in 2012, Bon Iver was nominated for the best new artist and Bon Iver, Bon Iver the album nominated for the best alternative music album, during the Grammy Awards. They went on to win both of these awards. During the Brit Awards in 2012, Bon Iver was nominated for the International Male Solo artist and International Breakthrough Act. In 2017, he was still nominated for the international Male Solo Artist Award during the Brit Awards. During the 2017 Grammy Awards, Bon Iver’s 22, A million was nominated for the best alternative music album.