Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Volcano Choir

Volcano Choir is a collaboration between Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and the Milwaukee band Collections of Colonies of Bees. They began recording songs before Bon Iver's breakout For Emma, Forever Ago was mixed and mastered, and now, more than three years in the making, their album Unmap will see release via Jagjaguwar.

Vernon has credited the Volcano Choir collaboration with inspiring in him the creative courage to produce his much-beloved Bon Iver recordings. The first single, "Island, IS" is constructed around multi-layered loops and Justin Vernon's spotless vocal harmonies. The result is a "genre-blurring" sound that feels both familiar and new. I swear I hear some TV on the Radio in there somewhere...