For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver

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For Emma by Bon Iver

This morning I thought I’d start posting with a little music, just to get everyone’s day started out nice. I was sitting at my computer last night and suddenly I had the strongest urge to a listen to a song, but I couldn’t remember what it was! All I could think of was that it had some really awesome horn parts, but I couldn’t remember anything else about it. After about 10 minutes of freaking out I remembered that it was For Emma by Bon Iver, and then everything was good in the world.

If you haven’t heard Bon Iver’s new album, For Emma, Forever Ago, then you really need to get on it. Bon Iver is actually just a guy named Justin Vernon, who went out into the woods of Wisconsin one day to get some alone time, and three months later he returned with an amazing little album. It’s pretty bare, pretty minimal, but his vocals are extremely warm and impressive. The entire album is good, but the end is my favorite. Starting with Creature Fear and ending with re: Stacks, it couldn’t be anymore perfect.

But in the middle of that ending there’s the title track, For Emma, which really kicks my ass, the song I couldn’t remember last night. It’s got the most amazing horn arrangement, and seems to go on forever and ever, sounding completely timeless and totally capturing your imagination. I probably listened to this song like 15 or 20 times on repeat. Please take a listen to the song and let me know what you guys think! And if you liked it, be sure to check out his performance that was captured by La Blogotheque, very intimate and beautiful.


May 27, 2008