Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 10:25 a.m.
Bon Iver's page on the Jagjaguwar site is down this morning, which can only mean one thing: Today's the day when the Indiana indie label is unveiling the details for the band's sophomore album. Last month, bandleader Justin Vernon conducted an interview with Rolling Stone that shed some light on the forthcoming record, and today we learn that the new album is titled Bon Iver, Bon Iver and will be released on June 21.
The backstory for Bon Iver's debut, For Emma, Forever Ago, had quite the romantic (and romaticized) backstory, and it sounds like the new record has a similarly intriguing tale -- it was recorded over a three-year period by Vernon and his brother, Nate, in an abandoned veterinarian's clinic. If you listen closely, you can hear the sound of 500 bloggers composing ledes about that fact simultaneously.
Other things we know: the album features touring Bon Iver bandmates Sean Carey, Mike Noyce, and Matt McCaughan, in addition to contributions from Rob Moose (Antony and the Johnsons, The National), Vernon's Volcano Choir bandmates Jim Schoenecker and Tom Wincek, Greg Leisz (Lucinda Williams, Bill Frisell), and a horn section including Colin Stetson (Tom Waits, Arcade Fire), Mike Lewis (Andrew Bird, Happy Apple), and C.J. Camerieri (Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens).
We also get a little micro-preview of the new record in this snippet:
Untitled from Bon Iver on Vimeo.
Bon Iver, Bon Iver track listing:
2. Minnesota, WI
6. Hinnom, TX
9. Lisbon, OH
And the cover art: