Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Bon Iver - Blood Bank EP

This four track EP starts right where Bon Iver's debut, For Emma, Forever Ago, left off. A bit dark and low-key, the guitars steadily build on the opening title track as Justin Vernon's powerful yet tender voice harmonizes along. His vocals are the focal point of this band and I doubt the music would be nearly as heartfelt and engaging without it. On this EP they try some new things such as the use of a repetitive piano riff on "Babys" and a vocoder acapella song, "Woods" that reminds me a bit of Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek." At first I thought the vocoder was a bit much since Vernon already has an excellent voice but the lush multiple harmonies that end the song completely reversed my opinion of it.

Blood Bank sits as a solid companion to Bon Iver's debut. The songwriting indicates a move toward a full on band sound while still sticking with the intimate, warm production that characterizes their style and lastly Justin Vernon's voice never gets old.

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