In the follow-up to his 2008 indie/folk hit, For Emma, Forever Ago, Bon Iver (aka: singer-songwriter Justin Vernon) recently released a four-song EP… Blood Bank.
Since Emma was one of my favorite albums of 2008 (“Skinny Love” ranked #4 on my top 40 songs post), let’s look at the new EP through Emma-colored goggles…
What’s the same:
1. Blood Bank
2. Beach Baby
Highlight: “Blood Bank”
From the opening acoustic strums and hushed “oohs” to a slightly distorted finale, I really enjoyed this track. It’s my favorite song of the month.
Worth a Listen: “Babys”
“Babys” features a joyful chorus and Vernon musing on the promise of summer over a delicately tinkling piano.
The layered, a capella harmonies on “Woods” don’t do it for me. Though I can see samples of this meditative track being used in a movie soundtrack someday, I don’t anticipate racking up high play counts in iTunes.
I encourage all my loyal readers to check it out.