By Wes Davis
Ranging from broken acoustics layered with harmonious vocal chords of “29 #Strafford APTS”, reminding us of For Emma, Forever Ago, to the well produced and distorted autotune of “10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄” building off of Bon Iver’s self titled album, 22, A Million fills you with the raw emotion that Bon Iver is known for and instrumentation that further secures the band’s place in history. After five years of anticipation Bon Iver teased us with the release of three singles: “22 (OVER S∞∞N),” “33 ‘God.’”, and “10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄” to then release 22, A Million. This album doesn’t have the seamless flow that Bon Iver produced for their self titled album, however, 22 A Million starts similarly as ‘Bon Iver’ with track 1 building and dropping to allow track 2 leeway to contrast to the prior with distorted bass and percussion. The majority of the songs incorporate Justin Vernon’s (band leader) pitched-shifted voice, such as 715 – CR∑∑KS, where it is Vernon’s voice a capella, autotuned and chorded. The autotune and highly processed digital sounds echo that of early 2000’s but strewn across Vernon’s heartfelt and anxious lyrics and melodies reach the level intimacy only known from For Emma, Forever Ago.
Much like in Vernon’s experience of isolation when writing his 2008 album, 22 A Million was written on a Greek amidst many panic attacks. Track 1 reflects this early stage of writing, while the entire album mirrors his anxious and ethereal lyrics with the scarce and absorbing melodies. 22, A Million is not the classic idea of set structured songs but an interpretation of feelings and emotions thrown together with inharmonious sounds and noises, such as “21 Moon Water” which fades pristinely into “8 (circle)”. From there the album closes with a gospel feel and banjo riff in “___45_____,” showing that Bon Iver holds its folk roots of For Emma, Forever Ago and finally “000000 Million” gives us bittersweet chords, a familiar feel that we know and love.
Bob, Ben and George joined DJ Kolly D in the studio for an interview about the band and the Fort Wayne music scene. If you missed the interview stream it here and get to know three fifths of the Fort Wayne band Void Reunion. After the interview you can get their new EP on Spotify and on Void Reunion’s Bandcamp. The EP release show is tonight (5/21/16) at the Brass Rail. Stickers with download codes will be available along with hugs and good times.
We would like to congratulate our student broadcasters on the great showing at the Indiana Association of Student Broadcasters 2015 state competition in Indianapolis. WCYT took home two first place trophies, two second place awards and two third place awards along with two students finishing as finalists for the live broadcasting portion of the Indiana Association of Student Broadcasters for the year 2015.
Casey Stanley – Radio Imaging
Austin Render, Garrett Willis, & Connor Fitzharris – Sporting Event Broadcast
To Listen to the other winning entries Click here
The last few weeks we have been doing crazy amounts of giveaways from our friends at Neat Neat Neat Records and Music, The Cinema Center and Pinestock Music Festival. If you missed out on these prizes you must not be following us on our social media sites: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Our social media will update you with the day and times of each giveaway, so do your part and follow and like us and you could win cool prizes. Tickets, vinyl records, shirts, passes and more will be available in the coming weeks.