It has been five years since Bon Iver last released an album. After spearheading a generation of faux-lumberjack, microbrew-loving, “it’s pronounced ‘bohn-ee-vair'” hipsters, frontman Justin Vernon announced he was walking away from the band in 2012. When asked why he was leaving, Vernon replied,
“I look at it like a faucet. I have to turn it off and walk away from it because so much of how that music comes together is subconscious or discovering. There’s so much attention on the band, it can be distracting at times. I really feel the need to walk away from it while I still care about it. And then if I come back to it – if at all – I’ll feel better about it and be renewed or something to do that.”
Now with a clear mind, it seems that Vernon and Co are giving it one last go. Bon Iver debuted their new album, 22, A Million on Saturday at Vernon’s Eaux Claires Music Festival in Wisconsin. Widely believed to be the band’s final record, band member Trevor Hagan described the album as, “part love letter, part resting place of two decades of searching for self-understanding.”
Set to be released on September 22, check out the extended version of 22, A Million‘s first track, “22 (OVER S∞∞N) [Bob Moose Extended Cab Version]” above.