Leigh MichaelThursday,24 January 2013

The Snap:

Big news for all you music aficionados: Bon Iver frontman/mastermind Justin Vernon is gearing up for what is sure to be another mind blowing collaboration.

To make it better, the other half of the dynamic duo is Colin Stetson, the ultimate musician-you-know-but-might-think-you-don’t-know. An accomplished saxaphone player, Stetson has appeared on everything from Arcade Fire’s Arcade Fire and Tom Waits’ Alice.

Stetson revealed this collaboration while announcing plans to release a new solo album this year, titled The History of Warfare, Vol. 3. If you haven’t already, it’s worth giving a few of the songs a listen — love it or hate it, it’s definitely something entirely new.

The Download:

First, a brief tangent about Justin Vernon. The ultimate “comeback kid,” the guy recorded his first album while shacked up alone in a cabin in Wisconsin, nursing a broken heart and a bad case of mono. The enigmatic musician successfully took the USA (and the world? and the universe, too?) by storm, leaving the New York Times to pose the question: “Who, What, and Where is Bon Iver?”

Short and sweet, Bon Iver/Justin Vernon is a musical genius. He’s created three bombshell albums in three years. He’s also made some serious magic with Kanye West, The National, Lykke Li, and The Flaming Lips, to name a few. Like his songs, all of these collaborations seem carefully hand picked… Vernon surrounds himself with talent.

And then we have Colin Stetson. A wizard with the saxaphone, he has worked with everyone from Sinead O’Connor to LCD Soundsystem – peruse his Soundcloud if you need any more confirmation of the breadth of his talent. Many of my favorite albums feature Stetson, though he and his sax tend to stay in the background.

I’ll be honest — and this little revelation might get me excommunicated from the bona fide music aficionado club (whatever and wherever that might be). I generally don’t warm up to albums that are instrumentals-only. I try to love them, and I fail.

So, Stetson’s New History of Warfare, Vol. 1 and New History of Warfare, Vol. 2 weren’t getting a whole lot of play time on my iTunes. I can, however, appreciate the awesome effort and impeccable quality Stetson put into the solo album.

(Fact revealed that Stetson used a whopping 20 microphones to record each song. Wow.)

So, this is an album that you should keep an eye out for. With Stetson’s mythical instrumentals and Vernon’s legendary vocals, New History of Warfare, Vol. 3 might just be a masterpiece.

Hat Tips:

Fact, Spin, Soundcloud, Image Credit: Flickr

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