Bon Iver – the musical project led by Justin Vernon – will release its third studio album – 22, A Million – on 30 September 2016 via Jagjaguwar. The band performed the album in full last night at the second annual Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, in Vernon’s hometown Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Extended versions of the album’s two opening tracks ‘22 (OVER S∞∞N)‘ and ‘10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄‘ are both available now via download and streaming services, and accompanying lyric videos are currently on video streaming platforms such as YouTube. A 12” vinyl release containing both extended versions is available at Eaux Claires Festival this weekend, with pre-orders of the new album and at select record stores worldwide on 30 September.
22, A Million is part love letter; part final resting place of two decades of searching for self-understanding like a religion – and the inner-resolution of maybe never finding that understanding. The album’s 10 poly-fi recordings are a collection of sacred moments: love’s torment and salvation, contexts of intense memories, signs that you can pin meaning onto or disregard as coincidence. If Bon Iver, Bon Iver built a habitat rooted in physical spaces, then 22, A Million is the letting go of that attachment to a place.
Musicologist, fellow collaborator and longtime friend of Vernon’s, Trever Hagen had this to say about 22, A Million: http://boniver.org/bio
The bulk of the album was recorded and produced at April Base Studios in Fall Creek, Wisconsin with pieces also recorded in London, England and just outside Lisbon, Portugal by Vernon and a pack of trusted friends and collaborators both new and old. The album’s symbol-rich artwork was created by NYC-based artist Eric Timothy Carlson. Check out the full list of album credits here: http://boniver.org/albumcredits
Bon Iver has announced a number of select shows this autumn, including a two-day, not-for-profit music event at Berlin’s Funkhaus studios on October 1 & 2 in collaboration with Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, The Michelberger Hotel and others. A concert at The Hollywood Bowl will also take place on October 23 with Patti Smith and Hiss Golden Messenger, plus more headline shows on the West Coast. Full list of dates below. Additional worldwide tour dates will be announced soon.
1. 22 (OVER S∞∞N) 2. 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄ 3. 715 – CR∑∑KS 4. 33 “GOD” 5. 29 #Strafford APTS 6. 666 ʇ 7. 21 M◊◊N WATER 8. 8 (circle) 9. ____45_____ 10. 00000 Million
01/10 – Berlin, DE @ Funkhaus 02/10 – Berlin, DE @ Funkhaus
10/18 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater # 10/19 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater # 10/20 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater # 10/22 – Orange County, CA @ Beach Goth Festival 10/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Hollywood Bowl % 10/26 – San Diego, CA @ Copley Symphony Hall ^
# with Francis & The Lights % with Patti Smith and Hiss Golden Messenger ^ with Julianna Barwick