New Release & Videos: Bon Iver – i,i / Jelmore / Faith

On August 30th, Bon Iver will release their fourth album, i,i on Jajaguwar

Recorded at Sonic Ranch in West Texas, and April Base in Wisconsin, the thirteen new songs on i,i complete a cycle: from the winter of For Emma, Forever Ago came the frenetic spring of Bon Iver, Bon Iver, and the unhinged summer of 22, A Million. Now, autumn arrives early with i,i

“It feels very much like the most adult record, the most complete,” says Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. “It feels like when you get through all this life, when the sun starts to set, and what happens is you start gaining perspective. And then you can put that perspective into more honest, generous work”

Two songs from i,i – ‘Hey, Ma’ and ‘U (Man Like)’ – were released in June, with two more – ‘Jelmore’ and ‘Faith’ – out today

Hear the new singles below…

The core band for the i,i sessions included Sean Carey, Andrew Fitzpatrick, Mike Lewis, Matt McCaughan, and Justin Vernon with Rob Moose and Jenn Wasner, plus contributions from James Blake, Brad and Phil Cook, Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Bruce Hornsby, Naeem, Velvet Negroni, Channy Leaneagh, Marta Salogni, Francis Starlite, Moses Sumney, TU Dance, and many others

When sessions for i,i moved from April Base to Sonic Ranch, Bon Iver took full advantage of the facility, sometimes utilising all five of the studio’s live rooms simultaneously. “It allowed us to feel confident and comfortable, to be completely free of distraction,” says Vernon of the move. “I don’t think I left the property in six weeks. And in many ways the story of the album is the story of those six weeks rather than the almost six years of some of the songs”

The tenure at Sonic Ranch brought Vernon to a calmed creative state that he channeled into the heart of each song. Freed from the vocal distortion that once mirrored a period of fear and panic, he sings about the balance between the individual and the community, inspiration and creation. Vernon adds, “The title of the record can mean whatever it means to you or me. It can mean deciphering and bolstering one’s identity. It can be how important the self is and how unimportant the self is, how we’re all connected”

i,i tracklist as follows…

  1. Yi
  2. iMi
  3. We
  4. Holyfields,
  5. Hey, Ma
  6. U (Man Like)
  7. Naeem
  8. Jelmore
  9. Faith
  10. Marion
  11. Salem
  12. Sh’Diah
  13. RABi

Following the release of i,i, Bon Iver will tour the U.S. in September and October, playing their largest venues to date. See a list of full dates here…

07.11.19 – MAD COOL FESTIVAL – MADRID, ES
07.13.19 – NOS ALIVE – OEIRAS, PT
07.16.19 – LES NUITS DE FOURVIERE – LYON, FR
07.17.19 – CASTELLO SCALIGERO, VILLAFRANCA DI VERONA, VERONA, IT
07.19.19 – SCHLACHTHOF – WIESBADEN, DE
07.21.19 – MELT FESTIVAL – GRÄFENHAINICHEN, DE
08.31.19 – KETTLEHOUSE AMPHITHEATER – MISSOULA, MT
09.02.19 – GERALD R. FORD AMPHITHEATER – VAIL, CO
09.03.19 – RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE – MORRISON, CO
09.04.19 – MAVERIK CENTER – SALT LAKE CITY, UT
09.06.19 – THE GORGE AMPHITHEATRE – GEORGE, WA
09.07.19 – PACIFIC COLISEUM – VANCOUVER, CA
09.10.19 – THEATER OF THE CLOUDS – PORTLAND, OR
09.12.19 – CHASE CENTER – SAN FRANCISCO, CA
09.15.19 – THE FORUM – LOS ANGELES, CA
10.03.19 – XCEL ENERGY CENTER – ST. PAUL, MN
10.04.19 – ALLSTATE ARENA – ROSEMONT, IL
10.06.19 – SCOTIABANK ARENA – TORONTO, CA
10.08.19 – SCHOTTENSTEIN CENTER – COLUMBUS, OH
10.10.19 – WELLS FARGO CENTER – PHILADELPHIA, PA
10.11.19 – BARCLAYS CENTER – BROOKLYN, NY
10.15.19 – TD GARDEN – BOSTON, MA
10.17.19 – THE ANTHEM – WASHINGTON, DC
10.18.19 – THE ANTHEM – WASHINGTON, DC
10.19.19 – PNC ARENA – RALEIGH, NC