Driving up to Vermont for a ski trip this past weekend, I came across an album that completely flew under my radar in 2007, and should have had its spot in my un-coveted top albums of 2007, nestled appropriately somewhere between the loving arms of The National and Band of Horses. The album I’m referring to is For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver.
I don’t know anything about Bon Iver to be honest, and rather than regurgitate Pitchfork’s decent write up on the album, I’ll just give you the link to that. Speaking of regurgitating, before I saw who was singing, I literally thought it was the dude from TV On The Radio, very similar voice – but I’ll leave the credit to Pitchfork since they said it first.
According to Pitchfork, Bon Iver is Justin Vernon, who holed himself up in a cabin for a winter where he wrote much of the album.
The album is at times touching, lonely, haunting, powerful to say the least. I’ll keep the mushiness to a minimum, but it served a proper soundtrack for the long drive. Standing outside staring at the giant mountain, equally giant snowflakes were crashing down all over me, yet somehow I didn’t feel them – somehow it was warm and sunny. Maybe it was just the Evan Williams talking, but it felt this was fitting backdrop for my first time through the album. Here’s a track to give a listen. Strongly recommend you pick up this album: