Perhaps following in the footsteps of Tom Waits, who took to his Twitter account to proclaim that rumors of him releasing new music will be "set straight" next Tuesday, August 23, and is causing his fans to fly into a tizzy, James Blake and Bon Iver have revealed a very cryptic new collaboration that will see the light of day a week from today, Wednesday, August 24.
So far, the only thing that exists on the internet related to the term "Fall Creek Boys Choir" is a MySpace page that mentions April Base, the recording compound owned by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. A description on the site says Fall Creek Boys Choir is, "An amateur singing group from Fall Creek, WI that gets together twice a month and rehearses, drinks 7up and Cranberry juice mixers, and sometimes records at the Cricket Gym." April Base is located in Fall Creek, Wisconsin, just outside of Eau Claire, and back in 2007 Vernon used the Fall Creek Boys Choir moniker to dump atmospheric, pastoral vocal meanderings onto the web.
Vernon and the rest of Bon Iver are on a short break from touring at the moment, with their next scheduled performances slated for September 6 and 7 at the Orphuem Theatre in Minneapolis. Never one to rest on his laurels, it's not surprising that Vernon is using this small window of downtime to explore yet another new side project, and the collaboration with Blake makes sense, at least from a vocal perspective; the two singers have been compared to one another in many writeups (including my review of Blake at SXSW this year).
It's unclear exactly what the new collaboration will entail -- I'm guessing it will be a recording of some kind, and a quick glimpse at Bon Iver's and James Blake's tour schedules shows no overlap, save for the fact that they will both be performing at separate theaters in Vancouver on September 25.
The whole thing is quite curious. Color us intrigued.
Here's the track they debuted on BBC Radio 1, which will be available via iTunes on August 29: