Wisconsin singer/songwriter Justin Vernon of Bon Iver fame has kept busy for the past several years with not just Bon Iver but numerous other bands and collaborations. Of all the non-Bon Iver projects, the album that always stood out the most to me was Volcano Choir’s debut Unmap, an art-rock collective Vernon created with members of Wisconsin experimental rock band Collections of Colonies of Bees. The album was ambitious and more out-of-the-box then the Walden Pond/winter-cabin folk of Bon Iver, but was still centered in memorable pop hooks. The band’s followup, Repave, sees Volcano Choir reaching extraordinary heights, making atmospheric stadium rock that should be held up in the same regard as Vernon’s two dynamic Bon Iver records.
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The big release of the week, at least in our minds, was Nine Inch Nail’s Hesitation Marks. But this has been a pretty full week in music. One of Justin Vernon’s “non-Bon Iver” projects, Volcano Choir, released their sophomore effort to mostly positive marks. Neko Case (aka the next best thing to Jenny Lewis) released her first album in four years. The perpetually underrated Okkervil River released another solid effort. I was also introduced to a new artist (for me) called The Julie Ruin, which I was rather delighted with. And finally, wait for it, I give some love to an artist who released my most hated album of 2012. All in all, an overwhelming week in music, and since we won’t be able to give every one of these artists their full due, here is a little Friday snippet of each. Enjoy y’all.
The Julie Ruin – “Oh Come On”
This song is so damn fun. Kinda like a lower-fi Sleigh Bells and a little bit looser. “Oh Come On” is a quick two and a half minutes of blustery mayhem, and one of the ballsier additions to my iTunes library in 2013. Can’t wait to hear more.
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