A Dark Mofo early announcement: musical chameleon Justin Vernon and his band will descend upon wintry Hobart in 2020 and perform songs from the new Bon Iver album, i,i.
This new work is a meditation on the self, steeped in feeling and Vernon’s velvet baritone. It marks a new season for Bon Iver: it’s their autumn record, they say, created between Wisconsin’s backwoods and a Texas pecan ranch, and rounds off a seasonal album cycle for the band.
There’s no more hiding on i,i. Justin Vernon takes the Bon Iver sound and reassembles it like a cubist collage, with his voice right out front. All the familiar elements are here—impressionist swells of sound, impenetrable-yet-tender lyrics, mesmerizing studio tricks—and they are buoyed by Vernon’s supple baritone, the instrument he knows how to manipulate best. Acoustic guitar, horns, and piano return to prominence alongside the jittery electronics and synths that Vernon has lately favored. But the mood he conjures with these elements feels new. These songs don’t swallow you whole with grandeur; they look outward, leaving some room for the rest of the world. – Pitchfork magazine.
Concert dates are Friday 12 and Saturday 13 June 2020, 8pm (doors 7pm) at MAC2.
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Remaining tickets on sale from 11am AEDT Thursday 5 December 2019.
Well it’s all just scared of dying
But isn’t this a beach?
And if I know one thing at all
Is I cannot just be a peach
Oh, you come in all woke now
So, please enjoy the feast
We are weightless like a wayless beast
So what is it we don’t teach?
– from the song RABi by Bon Iver