Vacations are great for everything. Except for active music postings. Wanting to “to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life” (Thoreau) I put away this subset of my work to see the West Coast out of the window of a rented car next to co-pilot friends.
But don’t you worry, I’m back. And so is Bon Iver.
In an interview this past August with Pitchfork over his work with Volcano Choir, Justin Vernon (lead singer of Bon Iver), spoke regarding his plans with Bon Iver:
“There’s a large opportunity for Bon Iver to be a special thing, even from a business standpoint– just trying to do cooler things. Every band sells t-shirts and plays certain auditoriums, but I’m sick of being like everyone else, because I’m not. I think I need to take a long time. In the last month or so, I started to get some musical thoughts that agree with the future of what that project can be. I don’t want the big flashing lights and red carpet, like, “Here comes another Bon Iver album!” I just want it to be my bedroom-y thing. But that’ll take a while to figure out.”
Although a new album may not come soon, the intimate “bedroom-y” moment we have waited for has arrived. Vernon paired up with the director slash musical genius Zach Braff (or JD to those who know him well), who made indie rock a household commodity with his last film in 2004, Garden State. The new song, Heavenly Father, will be injected into Braff’s new film, Wish I Were Here, and it’s everything you could have wanted.
Lyrically, Bon Iver strips down worries on a ulterior being, putting perspective where there is none. Finishing the 4:04 song with the line, “Heavenly Father, is all that he offers, a safety in the end,” Vernon asks a question we all think but fail to actively pursue the answer to. Maybe because we can never understand, or maybe because we aren’t supposed to know. Either way, the song is audibly and lyrically gorgeous – something Bon Iver has never strayed away from. Take a listen: