Search

Justin Vernon’s first release since last year’s ‘i, I' may ease your troubled mind

Bon Iver’s latest album, last year’s ‘i, i’, marked the end of a four-album series. When it was released, Justin Vernon’s band’s records were revealed to have each related to a different season.

Debut ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ was winter; the self-titled second album spring and glitchy, electronic ‘22, A Million’ summer, with ‘i, i’ taking the last place as autumn. It was a neat way of tying together four genre-spanning albums, all rooted in Vernon’s expansive song-writing and soaring melodies – but didn’t immediately open the door to the possibility of new music.

‘PDLIF’, short for ‘Please Don’t Live In Fear’, is the first new release since then, and heralds the dawn of a new season of music. With its artwork labeled ‘Bon Iver: Season 5, Episode 1’, the song has been released to support health workers fighting coronavirus on the frontline, with all proceeds going to Direct Relief (a non-profit that aids those in poverty or emergency situations).

Based on a sample taken from British jazz-folk artist Alabaster dePlume’s song ‘Visit Croatia’, ‘PDLIF’ was recorded at Vernon’s April Base studio, and then sent digitally to each of the song’s contributors. The musicians involved – that include long-time collaborator producer BJ Burton, producer Jim-E Stack and pow-wow singer Joseph K Rainey, Sr. – then added their parts from afar.

It’s filled with unabashed hope. Opening with simple chords to put full focus on the vocals, Vernon sings: “Please don’t live in fear / We can’t see from here right now / Send it off from here / And free your mind”, easing the anxieties of panicked listeners. Later guest American singer-songwriter Kacy Hill offers the sage couplet: “You know it never stays the same / And they will never tell you you’re all to blame”. Vernon adds with honesty: “While I’m not gonna tell you that everyone’s safe / I will say… / There will be a better day”. It’s a defiant show of faith in the weird new normal of the world.

Like ‘i,i’, ‘PDLIF’ incorporates elements of Bon Iver’s previous albums. The whirring electronic production that permeated ’22, A Million’ is apparent, while the slow-burning structure and relaxed tempo hark back to ‘Beth/Rest’ (from ‘Bon Iver’). And there’s the ringing piano, that was a staple of ‘i,i’, which acts as a powerful accompaniment to the positive lyrics.

It’s understandably a scary time at the moment; but on ‘PDLIF’ Justin Vernon aims to relieve the collective unease of the nation. It’s natural to feel nervous – but let Bon Iver soothe you, if only for three minutes.

The post Bon Iver usher in their latest era with the anxiety lifting new song ‘PDLIF’ appeared first on NME Music News, Reviews, Videos, Galleries, Tickets and Blogs | NME.COM.

8 13 34
Load more comments
  1. lobij71496
    lobij71496 My last pay test was $9500 operating 12 hours per week on line. my sisters buddy has been averaging 15k for months now and she works approximately 20 hours every week. i can not accept as true with how easy it become as soon as i tried it out. This is what do,.................................... www.Work46.com
  2. piwines980
    piwines980 ●▬▬▬▬PART TIME JOBS▬▬▬▬▬●I am makng $165 associate degree hour functioning from home. i used to be shocked at a similar time as my neighbour suggested Pine Tree State she become averaging $ninety 5 but I see the approach it works currently. I expertise lots freedom currently that i am my personal boss. that's what I do......↓↓↓↓COPY THIS SITE↓↓↓↓HERE☛.............. www.richfly2.com
  3. piwines980
    piwines980 ●▬▬▬▬PART TIME JOBS▬▬▬▬▬●I am makng $165 associate degree hour functioning from home. i used to be shocked at a similar time as my neighbour suggested Pine Tree State she become averaging $ninety 5 but I see the approach it works currently. I expertise lots freedom currently that i am my personal boss. that's what I do......↓↓↓↓COPY THIS SITE↓↓↓↓HERE☛.............. www.richfly2.com
  4. zparadis
    zparadis My neighbor’s mom makes $72 every hour on the laptop. She has been fired for ten months but last month her payment was $16676 just working on the laptop for a few hours. See more here,--------------> www.Work83.com
  5. LissaRomda
    peterriosmr ★🎁💚 Hi guys!! I posted my amateur photos. Come here 👉 B35.Cm 👈 You will not regret.★
  6. OlgaMHumphries
    OlgaMHumphries Everybody can make $20k+ In One Month .I am a full time college student and just doing thi s job in my part time 3 to 4 hrs daily and earn Thousands every month. Everybody can do this job and earn extra dollars every month by just follow instructions on this page...... www.paidjob1.com
  7. invest.bishop
    Alexander Harry Bishop Hello, would you be interested knowing how you can invest 1 BTC (Bitcoin) in BINARY OPTIONS / FOREX TRADING PLATFORMS AND BITCOIN INVESTMENTS (Bitcoin mining) and earn about 3 BTC (Bitcoin) to 5 BTC (Bitcoin), within a time frame of 7 -12 business days .... To start up an investment or for more information.. Send me a mail ; investorbishopalex@gmail.com .. Follow me on Instagram ; @trade_with_bishop ...Call or Text me on WhatsApp ; +1 (631) 296-2290
  8. Mehedi_raton
    Mehedi I will publish different bookmarking sites like facebook, tumblr, digo, strumbleupon and many more etc sites. tiny.cc/sti8jz
  9. leyhitt
    emarley «💚🔥 Hello!! I got a tattoo in an intimate place. Please rate here 👉 cutt.ly/5yMf0Zx 👈 If you like, write in a personal nickname 🎈EnchantressCandy🎈.»
  10. appsluredelhi
    Appslure We are the best services provider company, For more information visit on- bit.ly/3dN7Aba

to add a comment...

Close

Press esc to close.
Close
Press esc to close.
Close

Connecting to your webcam.

You may be prompted by your browser for permission.