Bon Iver Is Not Breaking Up

Justin Vernon has sent Bon Iver fans into disarray after he appeared on triple j a few days ago and revealed that he wasn't in the right headspace to write for Bon Iver. Vernon was speaking with triple j mornings’ Zan Rowe to promote the release of his other project, Volcano Choir’s, new album Repave.

When asked about his intentions to make more music under his solo moniker, Vernon said:

“I don’t really write songs anymore. The last Bon Iver record was a very ‘sitting down with a guitar and writing’ kind of record… I really have to be in a specific headspace to even begin to illuminate an idea that would create another Bon Iver record, and I’m just not there. I’m really honored that Bon Iver gives me a platform to do whatever I want, but there’s only so much time you can spend digging through yourself before you become insular. I’m not in a hurry to go back to that temperature. All of the music I’ve been making shifting away from Bon Iver feels really good … so if I ever do go back to Bon Iver it will be all the better for it.”

After the interview, the internets went into overdrive; interpreting Vernon’s comments as marking the end of Bon Iver.

In a recent interview with Pitchfork, Vernon referred to the Bon Iver’s future in a similar vein as he did in his triple j interview – that there were no immediate plans for another album, but he also added:

“In the last month or so, I started to get some musical thoughts that agree with the future of what that project can be.. 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.”

Consequence of Sound also reached out to Bon Iver’s label, Jagjaguwar for a comment, to which they replied:

“Bon Iver is not over by any means. Justin isn’t currently writing Bon Iver songs, but that doesn’t mean he won’t write them in the future. Bon Iver is off-cycle, and that is not new news. Right now Justin’s concentration is on preparing for the Volcano Choir tour, the first date being in Chicago on Friday.”

Moral of the story: calm yourselves, Bon Iver fans! The end of your beloved band is not nigh... Although it may be some time before you hear any new work.

In the meantime, appease yourselves knowing that you can catch Vernon and his Volcano Choir bandmates when they make their Harvest Festival in November. Read all about it on The Dwarf
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