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“There’s similarities and tributaries through all the Bon Iver records leading to this one and that still flow through this one. It’s an expansive sound”. This is how Justin Vernon, the driving force behind Bon Iver, defines his fourth studio album. 12 years of his life have passed, during which his project went from the wintry solitude of For Emma, Forever Ago, to the chamber-pop spring of its eponymous record, to the feverish summer glitch storm of 22, A Million. This fourth season didn’t come easy, either. The promotional tour for the aforementioned third album ended abruptly, due to Vernon’s struggle with anxiety and depression. i,i was created in that aftermath, as a synthesis of his career – a multi-layered autumn where sonic landscapes flow one into the other, and impressionistic instrumentals, glitchy samples and vocal harmonies pile on top of each other seamlessly, before being torn away to reveal the bare bones canvas lying beneath. This retrospective approach to his music is interlaced with cryptic lyrics that seem to ponder Vernon’s misanthropic tendencies: “I should've known / That I shouldn't hide/ To compromise and to covet/ All what’s inside “ he mourns on the electro-folk crescendo of Faith, undercut by growling bass and haunting background vocals. On the album closer RABi, which is a play on the words “I could rob, bye bye”, Bon Iver seems to find peace at last, in a side nod to listeners: “Sun light feels good now, don't it? And I don't have a leaving plan/ But something's gotta ease your mind/ But it's all fine, or it's all crime anyway “. It’s a cathartic finish, for a troubled artist who seems to have temporarily fought off his demons, as well as the audience – we who’ve followed him and applauded him since the beginning. © Alexis Renaudat/Qobuz

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Yi 00:00:31

Bon Iver, Artist, MainArtist - Justin Vernon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Brad Cook, Producer - Zach Hanson, Mixer - BJ Burton, Composer - Chris Messina, Producer, Mixer - Trever Hagen, Composer - April Base Publishing (ASCAP). Administered by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

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iMi 00:03:16

Mike Lewis, Composer - Rob Moose, Composer - Bon Iver, Artist, MainArtist - Justin Vernon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Brad Cook, Composer, Producer - James Blake, Composer - Josh Berg, Composer - Channy Leaneagh, Composer - Zach Hanson, Mixer - BJ Burton, Composer - Wheezy, Composer - Chris Messina, Producer, Mixer - Jeremy Nutzman, Composer - April Base Publishing (ASCAP). Administered by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Mike Noyce, Composer

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We 00:02:22

Bon Iver, Artist, MainArtist - Justin Vernon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Brad Cook, Composer, Producer - Phil Cook, Composer - Zach Hanson, Mixer - BJ Burton, Mixer - Andrew Sarlo, Composer - Wheezy, Composer - Chris Messina, Producer, Mixer - April Base Publishing (ASCAP). Administered by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

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4
Holyfields, 00:03:07

Rob Moose, Composer - Bon Iver, Artist, MainArtist - Justin Vernon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Brad Cook, Composer, Producer - Zach Hanson, Mixer - Chris Messina, Composer, Producer, Mixer - April Base Publishing (ASCAP). Administered by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

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5
Hey, Ma 00:03:36

Bon Iver, Artist, MainArtist - Justin Vernon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Brad Cook, Composer, Producer - Zach Hanson, Mixer - BJ Burton, Composer, Producer, Mixer - Chris Messina, Producer, Mixer - April Base Publishing (ASCAP). Administered by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

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6
U (Man Like) 00:02:25

BRUCE HORNSBY, Composer - Bon Iver, Artist, MainArtist - Justin Vernon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Brad Cook, Producer - Naeem Hanks, Composer - Zach Hanson, Mixer - Chris Messina, Composer, Producer, Mixer - April Base Publishing (ASCAP). Administered by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

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Naeem 00:04:22

Noah Goldstein, Composer - Bon Iver, Artist, MainArtist - Justin Vernon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Brad Cook, Composer, Producer - JT Bates, Composer - Zach Hanson, Mixer - BJ Burton, Composer - Chris Messina, Producer, Mixer - Trever Hagen, Composer - April Base Publishing (ASCAP). Administered by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

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8
Jelmore 00:02:30

Bon Iver, Artist, MainArtist - Justin Vernon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Brad Cook, Producer - Buddy Ross, Composer - Zach Hanson, Mixer - Chris Messina, Producer, Mixer - April Base Publishing (ASCAP). Administered by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

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Faith 00:03:37

Bon Iver, Artist, MainArtist - Justin Vernon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Brad Cook, Producer - Camilla Staveley-Taylor, Composer - Zach Hanson, Mixer - BJ Burton, Composer - Chris Messina, Producer, Mixer - Francis Starlite, Composer - April Base Publishing (ASCAP). Administered by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

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10
Marion 00:02:21

Rob Moose, Composer - Bon Iver, Artist, MainArtist - Justin Vernon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Brad Cook, Producer - Zach Hanson, Mixer - Chris Messina, Producer, Mixer - April Base Publishing (ASCAP). Administered by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

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Salem 00:03:44

Bon Iver, Artist, MainArtist - Justin Vernon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Brad Cook, Producer - Zach Hanson, Mixer - Chris Messina, Producer, Mixer - April Base Publishing (ASCAP). Administered by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

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12
Sh'Diah 00:04:11

Bon Iver, Artist, MainArtist - Justin Vernon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Brad Cook, Producer - Andrew Broder, Composer - Sean Carey, Composer - Channy Leaneagh, Composer - Zach Hanson, Mixer - BJ Burton, Producer - Chris Messina, Producer, Mixer - April Base Publishing (ASCAP). Administered by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

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13
RABi 00:03:32

Mike Lewis, Composer - Bon Iver, Artist, MainArtist - Justin Vernon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Brad Cook, Composer, Producer - Zach Hanson, Mixer - Chris Messina, Producer, Mixer - April Base Publishing (ASCAP). Administered by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

2019 Jagjaguwar 2019 Jagjaguwar

Album Description

“There’s similarities and tributaries through all the Bon Iver records leading to this one and that still flow through this one. It’s an expansive sound”. This is how Justin Vernon, the driving force behind Bon Iver, defines his fourth studio album. 12 years of his life have passed, during which his project went from the wintry solitude of For Emma, Forever Ago, to the chamber-pop spring of its eponymous record, to the feverish summer glitch storm of 22, A Million. This fourth season didn’t come easy, either. The promotional tour for the aforementioned third album ended abruptly, due to Vernon’s struggle with anxiety and depression. i,i was created in that aftermath, as a synthesis of his career – a multi-layered autumn where sonic landscapes flow one into the other, and impressionistic instrumentals, glitchy samples and vocal harmonies pile on top of each other seamlessly, before being torn away to reveal the bare bones canvas lying beneath. This retrospective approach to his music is interlaced with cryptic lyrics that seem to ponder Vernon’s misanthropic tendencies: “I should've known / That I shouldn't hide/ To compromise and to covet/ All what’s inside “ he mourns on the electro-folk crescendo of Faith, undercut by growling bass and haunting background vocals. On the album closer RABi, which is a play on the words “I could rob, bye bye”, Bon Iver seems to find peace at last, in a side nod to listeners: “Sun light feels good now, don't it? And I don't have a leaving plan/ But something's gotta ease your mind/ But it's all fine, or it's all crime anyway “. It’s a cathartic finish, for a troubled artist who seems to have temporarily fought off his demons, as well as the audience – we who’ve followed him and applauded him since the beginning. © Alexis Renaudat/Qobuz

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