History Music / BonIver

28th Feb '17 5:46:22 AM TrippyDippy
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** And the ''Blood Bank'' EP was completely different from both the SelfTitledAlbum ''and'' ''For Emma'' (though it did foreshadow "Beth/Rest" with "Woods"), so one could say that every Bon Iver release so far has been a NewSoundAlbum.

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** And the ''Blood Bank'' EP was completely different from both the SelfTitledAlbum ''and'' ''For Emma'' (though it did foreshadow "Beth/Rest" and ''22, A Million'' with "Woods"), so one could say that every Bon Iver release so far has been a NewSoundAlbum.
21st Feb '17 9:29:45 PM gewunomox
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The story behind Bon Iver is now considered legendary: after undergoing a nasty breakup, Vernon retreated to his father's cabin in Wisconsin and began recording demos for an album, planning to re-record them later. When he sent the demos to friends and record labels, however, they told him almost unanimously that the songs should be left as they were, so he signed with Jagjaguwar Records and released the demos as the album ''For Emma, Forever Ago.'' It received widespread acclaim and Vernon & co have been exploring the various ways to [[TearJerker make listeners cry]] ever since. His second album, ''Bon Iver, Bon Iver'' expanded his sound into a full band; his third, ''22, A Million'', transmuted his sound through a lot of electronic processing and saxophones. [[KanyeWest]] has called Vernon his "favorite living artist", and sampled Bon Iver's song "Woods" for his own "Lost in the World" (amongst other vocal collaborations.)

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The story behind Bon Iver is now considered legendary: after undergoing a nasty breakup, Vernon retreated to his father's cabin in Wisconsin and began recording demos for an album, planning to re-record them later. When he sent the demos to friends and record labels, however, they told him almost unanimously that the songs should be left as they were, so he signed with Jagjaguwar Records and released the demos as the album ''For Emma, Forever Ago.'' It received widespread acclaim and Vernon & co have been exploring the various ways to [[TearJerker make listeners cry]] ever since. His second album, ''Bon Iver, Bon Iver'' expanded his sound into a full band; his third, ''22, A Million'', transmuted his sound through a lot of electronic processing and saxophones. [[KanyeWest]] Music/KanyeWest has called Vernon his "favorite living artist", and sampled Bon Iver's song "Woods" for his own "Lost in the World" (amongst other vocal collaborations.)
22nd Jan '17 11:14:30 PM Nozdordomu
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* PerfectlyCromulentWord: "Flume." Also, 'fide' and 'fane' from "Perth."

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* PerfectlyCromulentWord: "Flume." Also, 'fide' and 'fane' from "Perth.""Perth," 'waundry' from "666," 'astuary' from "8"...
12th Oct '16 11:19:28 PM madius
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After undergoing a nasty breakup, Vernon retreated to his father's cabin in Wisconsin and began recording demos for an album, planning to re-record them later. When he sent the demos to friends and record labels, however, they told him almost unanimously that the songs should be left as they were, so he signed with Jagjaguwar Records and released the demos as the album "For Emma Forever Ago." It received widespread acclaim and Vernon & co have been exploring the various ways to [[TearJerker make listeners cry]] ever since. Some of Bon Iver's more well-known songs include "Skinny Love," "Re: Stacks," "Blood Bank," "Holocene," "Perth," "Calgary," and "Beth/Rest."

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After The story behind Bon Iver is now considered legendary: after undergoing a nasty breakup, Vernon retreated to his father's cabin in Wisconsin and began recording demos for an album, planning to re-record them later. When he sent the demos to friends and record labels, however, they told him almost unanimously that the songs should be left as they were, so he signed with Jagjaguwar Records and released the demos as the album "For Emma ''For Emma, Forever Ago." '' It received widespread acclaim and Vernon & co have been exploring the various ways to [[TearJerker make listeners cry]] ever since. His second album, ''Bon Iver, Bon Iver'' expanded his sound into a full band; his third, ''22, A Million'', transmuted his sound through a lot of electronic processing and saxophones. [[KanyeWest]] has called Vernon his "favorite living artist", and sampled Bon Iver's song "Woods" for his own "Lost in the World" (amongst other vocal collaborations.)

Some of Bon Iver's more well-known songs include "Skinny Love," "Re: Stacks," "re: stacks," "Blood Bank," "Holocene," "Perth," "Calgary," and "Beth/Rest."



* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Bon Iver]]'' - 2011

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* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Bon Iver, Bon Iver]]'' - 2011



** "Woods" consists of the same stanza repeated over and over, increasingly layered, Auto-Tuned, and distorted each time. It was even sampled by Music/KanyeWest, and the resulting song ''still'' has less Auto-Tune than the original.

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** "Woods" consists of the same stanza repeated over and over, increasingly layered, Auto-Tuned, vocodered and distorted each time. It was even sampled by Music/KanyeWest, and the resulting song ''still'' has less Auto-Tune digital processing than the original.original.
** Nearly all of the vocals on ''22, A Million'', are digitally processed. Vernon and friend/engineer Chris Messina took the Prismizer[[note]]a type of vocoder codec created in 2015, by Francis Starlite (of Francis and the Lights), that allows for saturated, polyharmonic chords derived from a single, monophonic source[[/note]] and added an effects rack to it[[note]]which they dubbed "The Messina"[[/note]], essentially allowing Vernon to change the modulation on his voice on the fly and allowing its use in live performances.



* CallBack: There's a line in "Minnesota, WI," along the lines of "I didn't lose it in the stacks," referencing the narrator's (and presumably Vernon's) breakdown in "Re:Stacks."

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* CallBack: There's a line in "Minnesota, WI," along the lines of "I didn't lose it in the stacks," referencing the narrator's (and presumably Vernon's) breakdown in "Re:Stacks."re: stacks."



** The track placement on ''Bon Iver'' echoes that of ''For Emma'' in some places. "Calgary" and "For Emma," the [[EpicRocking Epic Songs]] of their respective albums, are the penultimate tracks as well (not counting "Lisbon, OH.," which is a brief ambient instrumental bridging "Calgary" and "Beth/Rest"), and the album closers seem designed as polar opposites- "Beth/Rest" is a grandiose, horn-heavy keyboard-utilizing track with processed vocals (Better than it sounds), and "Re: Stacks" is just Justin Vernon and an acoustic guitar.

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** The track placement on ''Bon Iver'' echoes that of ''For Emma'' in some places. "Calgary" and "For Emma," the [[EpicRocking Epic Songs]] of their respective albums, are the penultimate tracks as well (not counting "Lisbon, OH.," which is a brief ambient instrumental bridging "Calgary" and "Beth/Rest"), and the album closers seem designed as polar opposites- "Beth/Rest" is a grandiose, horn-heavy keyboard-utilizing track with processed vocals (Better soft rock ballad (better than it sounds), and "Re: Stacks" "re: stacks" is just Justin Vernon and an acoustic guitar.



* DrowningMySorrows: "Re: Stacks."

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* DrowningMySorrows: "Re: Stacks."re: stacks."



* EpicRocking: "Re: Stacks" is eight minutes long.
* GriefSong: All of ''For Emma, Forever Ago'' probably qualifies, but special mention goes to "Re: Stacks," which of all the songs on the album is the most up-front about it.
* {{Hipster}}: The band has, unfortunately, been tagged with this label due to their support by Pitchfork Media (and the ensuing throngs of hipsters that discovered the music).

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* EpicRocking: "Re: Stacks" "re: stacks" is eight nearly seven minutes long.
long. In the traditional sense of the word "epic", however, Vernon's ''entire output'' could count.
* GriefSong: All of ''For Emma, Forever Ago'' probably qualifies, but special mention goes to "Re: Stacks," which "re: stacks," which, of all the songs on the album album, is the most up-front about it.
* {{Hipster}}: The band has, unfortunately, been tagged with this label due to their support by Pitchfork Media (and the ensuing throngs of hipsters that discovered the music). The backstory about the hunting lodge didn't help.



** Zigzagged on ''22, A Million''. Its dynamic range as a whole is an 8, but "10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄" sits at a 4, with its brickwalled industrial drumming; "00000 Million", a tender ballad, sits at a lofty 14.



* NonAppearingTitle: Many examples, among them "Perth," "Minnesota, WI," "Holocene," "Michicant," "Wash.," "Calgary," "Lisbon, OH," and "Beth/Rest." Partial examples include "The Wolves (Act I and II)," which features "the wolves" but not "(Acts I and II)," "Re: Stacks" which features the word "stacks" but not "Re:," and "Hinnom, TX," which features "Hinnom" but not "TX."
* ObviousBeta: Inverted; the recordings found on "For Emma, Forever Ago" were ''supposed'' to be demo versions that would be rerecorded later, but those who listened to them liked them so much that they convinced Vernon to release them exactly as they were- as a result, every track on the album (with the exception of "For Emma," which had horns and drums added, and "The Wolves (Act I and II)," which had its backing vocals processed and distorted) is the original demo. It worked, and the lonely, isolated atmosphere made the album all the more heartrending.

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* NonAppearingTitle: Many examples, among them "Perth," "Minnesota, WI," "Holocene," "Michicant," "Wash.," "Calgary," "Lisbon, OH," and "Beth/Rest." Partial examples include "The Wolves (Act I and II)," which features "the wolves" but not "(Acts I and II)," "Re: Stacks" "re: stacks" which features the word "stacks" but not "Re:," "re:," and "Hinnom, TX," which features "Hinnom" but not "TX."
* ObviousBeta: Inverted; the recordings found on "For Emma, Forever Ago" were ''supposed'' to be demo versions that would be rerecorded later, but those who listened to them liked them so much that they convinced Vernon to release them exactly as they were- as were. As a result, every track on the album (with the exception of "For Emma," which had horns and drums added, added; and "The Wolves (Act I and II)," which had its backing vocals processed and distorted) is the original demo. It worked, and the lonely, isolated atmosphere made the album all the more heartrending.



* {{Retraux}}: "Beth/Rest."

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* {{Retraux}}: "Beth/Rest."" It's soft rock in the style of Bruce Hornsby, and ''it works.''



** This trope is used again on ''22, A Million''. Thanks to the Prismizer (see AutoTune above), Vernon is able to self-back in real-time with full polyphonic harmonization.



* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Enthusiastically and unashamedly on the idealism side.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Enthusiastically and unashamedly on the idealism side. This is partially what allowed the unabashed soft rock of "Beth/Rest" to work.



* WordSaladLyrics

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* WordSaladLyricsWordSaladLyrics: Vernon has a habit of using words that sound phonetically aesthetic with its surroundings. His lyrics could be published as volumes of poetry.
7th Oct '16 5:52:30 AM DaveyDoodlebug
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** ''22, A Million'' is an even bigger departure, largely incorporating AmbientPop and glitch.

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** ''22, A Million'' is an even bigger departure, largely almost entirely electronic, incorporating AmbientPop rougher, glitchy production and glitch.elements of alternative R&B and ambient.
1st Oct '16 1:59:58 PM EmKa
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*LuckyCharmsTitle: All the songs on ''22, A Million'', essentially. Examples include "666 ʇ" and "10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⊠ ⊠"
15th Aug '16 3:04:37 AM DaveyDoodlebug
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* ''22, A Million'' - 2016


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** ''22, A Million'' is an even bigger departure, largely incorporating AmbientPop and glitch.
19th Jun '16 11:44:28 PM gewunomox
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** The track placement on ''Bon Iver'' echoes that of ''For Emma'' in some places. "Calgary" and "For Emma," the [[EpicSong Epic Songs]] of their respective albums, are the penultimate tracks as well (not counting "Lisbon, OH.," which is a brief ambient instrumental bridging "Calgary" and "Beth/Rest"), and the album closers seem designed as polar opposites- "Beth/Rest" is a grandiose, horn-heavy keyboard-utilizing track with processed vocals (Better than it sounds), and "Re: Stacks" is just Justin Vernon and an acoustic guitar.

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** The track placement on ''Bon Iver'' echoes that of ''For Emma'' in some places. "Calgary" and "For Emma," the [[EpicSong [[EpicRocking Epic Songs]] of their respective albums, are the penultimate tracks as well (not counting "Lisbon, OH.," which is a brief ambient instrumental bridging "Calgary" and "Beth/Rest"), and the album closers seem designed as polar opposites- "Beth/Rest" is a grandiose, horn-heavy keyboard-utilizing track with processed vocals (Better than it sounds), and "Re: Stacks" is just Justin Vernon and an acoustic guitar.
30th Oct '15 6:42:38 PM nombretomado
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** "Woods" consists of the same stanza repeated over and over, increasingly layered, Auto-Tuned, and distorted each time. It was even sampled by KanyeWest, and the resulting song ''still'' has less Auto-Tune than the original.

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** "Woods" consists of the same stanza repeated over and over, increasingly layered, Auto-Tuned, and distorted each time. It was even sampled by KanyeWest, Music/KanyeWest, and the resulting song ''still'' has less Auto-Tune than the original.
20th Aug '15 7:58:53 AM Rivfruifv
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* BoleroEffect: "Woods", as mentioned above in AutoTune.


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* SingleStanzaSong: "Woods".
-->I'm up in the woods
-->I'm down on my mind
-->I'm building a still
-->To slow down the time
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