Bon Iver's Justin Vernon writes songs for 25-member Silver Lake Chorus
Singing about snow in L.A.
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is like an endless pool of songwriting talent, all heartbreaking and beautiful. As much as we hate admitting it, everything the man touches turns to gold. Heartbreaking, beautiful, glorious gold -- the kind that makes your eyes hurt because it's just so pretty and if you look at it too long you might cry.
Vernon has recently contributed these talents in the form of a few songs for the 25-person Silver Lake Chorus, a group of bright and shiny young people from East L.A. who perform indie hits with all the gusto of the Glee cast or a flash mob. Or Glee as a flash mob. Anyway.
The group is self-releasing their debut EP Wreckage on September 18, and it'll be filled with original songs written by Vernon and A.C. Newman of the New Pornographers for the group. There's also talk of a future album that will include tracks by Of Montreal, Aimee Mann, Sia, Tegan and Sara, the Bird and the Bee, and other contemporary indie songwriters.
This isn't the first glimpse we've seen of The Silver Lake Chorus. They were the backing vocalists for the Lonely Island and Akon's "I Just Had Sex" back in 2010:
...Now compare that to their shimmering, haunting "From The Snow Tipped Hills," written by Vernon exclusively for The Silver Lake Chorus:
Chilling masterpiece for a choir of angels.... Or Bon Iver meets Enya? We're still deciding.
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