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Bon Iver - Blood Bank EP.
|Bon Iver - Blood Bank EP.|
12/09/08 at 06:34 PM by IcedOpethBlind
Bon Iver, singer-songwriter Justin Vernon’s latest reincarnation of a folk music project, has no doubt picked up most of its steam in 2008 with 2007 debut album For Emma, Forever Ago ’s becoming widely acclaimed across the blogsphere and music sites like Absolutepunk.net this year…and this EP, due out officially in early 2009 through Jagjaguwar Records, marks the first music since For Emma… to be recorded, sealed and sent off for indie/folk enthusisasts to eagerly devour…
“Blood Bank” starts the EP off with a very somber yet warm vibe, very akin to most of For Emma… Very simple percussion moves the song along into a buildup of a repeated lyric and scratchy guitar overdubs until fading right into “Beach Baby”, a slightly slower number that really hits its stride a couple minutes in with a very pretty slide guitar line that finishes off the track….”Babys” begins with persistent piano chords that, while pleasant sounding, dont really add up to much more than a backing track for Vernon’s vocal lines…Honestly, this song shouldve been abit shorter than the 4 minutes and 38 seconds it takes to get through…”Woods” rounds out the EP w/ Vernon craftily using vocoder in a style much like that of a few Imogen Heap songs…Though this track seems to drag at points during its duration as well, it is a very interesting flavor for Vernon to incorporate in with the Bon Iver style…
All in all, short but sweet, I believe this EP comes out with a 7/10.