Justin Vernon moved to a remote cabin in the woods of Northwestern Wisconsin at the onset of winter. Tailing from the swirling breakup of his long time band, he escaped to the property and surrounded himself with simple work, quiet, and space. He lived there alone for three months, filling his days with wood splitting and other chores around the land. This special time slowly began feeding a bold, uninhibited new musical focus.
This slowly evolved into days filled with twelve-hour recording blocks, breaking only for trips on the tractor into the pines to saw and haul firewood, or for frozen sunrises high up a deer stand. All of his personal trouble, lack of perspective, heartache, longing, love, loss and guilt that had been stock piled over the course of the past six years, was suddenly purged into the form of song. The end result is, For Emma, Forever Ago, a nine-song album comprised of what's been dubbed a striking debut by critics and fans alike.
Bon Iver (pronounced: bohn eevair; French for "good winter" and spelled wrong on purpose) is a greeting, a celebration and a sentiment. It is a new statement of an artist moving on and establishing the groundwork for a lasting career. For Emma, Forever Ago is the debut of this lineage of songs. As a whole, the record is entirely cohesive throughout and remains centered around a particular aesthetic, prompted by the time and place for which it was recorded. Vernon seems to have tested his boundaries to the utmost, and in doing so has managed to break free form any pre-cursing or finished forms.
The Staves are English sisters Emily, Jessica and Camilla Staveley-Taylor, whose unique
vocal harmonies and haunting melodies have already seen them tipped for success by The
Guardian, iTunes, Time Out, and The Independent to name but a few. Known for their
jaw-dropping live performances, The Staves recently supported The Civil Wars across
the US South, and will be touring with Michael Kiwanuka across the UK in February
before heading out to SXSW. The latter part of 2012 will see the release of their much
anticipated debut LP, the first record on which father and son producers Glyn and Ethan
Johns - whose combined credits include The Rolling Stones, Ryan Adams, The
Eagles, Ray LaMontagne, Kings of Leon - have shared production duties.