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Bon Iver/Justin Vernon

Inspired by Eye For an Eye's awesome list, here's my rrlist of favourite rJustin Vernon related songs.
1Bon Iver
Flume (Myspace Transmission Version)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOUxAfQdNd0 This rendition of Flume is absolutely stunning. The 4 musicians in the video feed off of each other, and it creates a this wholesome balanced atmosphere. Of course Vernon?s voice takes centre stage, but each instrument has its own space, and its own contribution. Nothing in the song is misplaced, and every little aspect adds to general feeling of the song. When I say its ?messy but measured? I?m talking about how everything seems and defiantly looks out of place, but somehow it just comes together in a coherent mess. Take for example at 3:22 where Vernon seems to collapse on the piano, however, somehow its sounds good. This whole section of the song is simply absurd in the way each band member seems to be doing their own thing, and it?s a clutter of noises, but still sounds amazing. Then there?s Vernon?s voice. Vernon perhaps possess the best range of any Indie artist, his gentle croon sways over quite a few octaves, and he pushes it here in this rendition. There also is something in Vernon?s voice that makes you feel sad and upset, but in a good way; like you?re happy that you feel sad ? if that makes sense. Take a listen to 1:12 ? 1:29 for example, where there must be something wrong with you if you don?t at least feel something. Lastly, the lyrics continue to impress with every listen. Bon Iver uses a variety of cryptic metaphors in each line, which while confusing, seem completely relatable. If you?ve ever been destroyed by a relationship that went sour, you?ll love this song. If you ever get the feeling of false hope with each new relationship, you?ll also love this song. The lyrics add to the very melancholy atmosphere, with lines like ?Only love is all maroon? possessing great depth and also accessibility. See, what does Vernon mean by ?maroon?? This can take on many meanings, for example being marooned ? isolated or lonely, or it can be read through the colour red, which symbolises danger as well as romance. It can even be given the British definition of a ?fireworkused as a danger or warning signal,' which suggests love can be sour. The lyrics are thought-provoking and interesting, and play upon our feelings about love and break-ups.
2Justin Vernon
I Cant Make You Love Me/Nick of Time

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3VjaCy5gck Vernon's medley cover of Bonnie Raitt's 'I cant make you love me' and 'nick of time' hit me in a weird time in my life. The song mourns loving someone, but not having that ardor reflected back at you. Perhaps this rendition was moving for the fact that I was on the opposite side of the conundrum - they fell in love, but I didn't. The magic of the song lies in the fact that Vernon's voice tells more than the lyrics themselves. You can feel the pain in the notes; in his voice, perhaps in the placid piano. The song sounds wonderful tacked onto the end of 'Bon Iver, Bon Iver,' with the keys fitting into the pretty aesthetic that album creates. Vernon mainly sticks to falsetto the whole song, with the final 'I found love darling' expressing that celebratory nature love comes with, however so painfully fashioned.
3Justin Vernon
A Song For A Lover of Long Ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpYKtirbA7E On some notes his voice sort of breaks, or trembles, and it's what I think makes this song so fragile and haunting. It's another sad tale of a love lost, but the poetic nature of the lyrics, and Vernon mainly sticking to the speaking tone of his voice is what makes it so majestic. In some parts the acoustic perks in, to accompany the emotion in his voice. He uses dynamics wonderfully here, take for example the 'I have buried you' almost coming as a whisper, and then as it comes around again, a louder half sob. This song is telling of how sometimes music is a lot better constructed when it's written not for anyone but the artist themselves. A song just only there to fulfill that urge for self-expression.
4Bon Iver

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZYVJlhnqxQ When people start bashing auto-tune I usually point out this song, along with Kanye's 808s and Heartbreak, as how it can be used tastefully and even artistically. Wood's is great through decent headphones, and you can sometimes pick up the lines coming from another room in the recording studio if you listen close enough. The song really immerses you on first listen, and you find yourself listening to how Vernon cracks and bends his voice to accompany the weaving melody of the other voice tracks. The novelty does wear off after a while, but its always great to return to.
5The Wolves (Act 1 and 2)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV6IN8mvogs The second part of the song, where the acoustic guitar stammers and the coda 'what might have been lost' repeats ad nauseum is what makes this song damn great. The way 'lost' is pronounced is what 'gets' me but the claustrophobic backing of what sounds like fireworks? allows the song to work as a metaphor. It collapses into the line 'someday my pain' sung rather crookly, and makes it seem as though a euphoric reflection has collapsed into bitterness.
6Skinny Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrMmr1oMPGA In a descriptor of the famed 'Emma,' Vernon makes reference to the relationship as 'skinny,' as in, he was dependant on her help, although he shouldn't have been. That isn't exactly a healthy relationship, and he deems it 'skinny.' Perhaps the most catchiest and well known of Bon Iver's back catalogue, it's here for that reason - it's meaning is personal, but people can nuance it into their own meaning for their own ends.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIluBvQ77Bk Here is where Bon Iver's aesthetic for the album is fully realized and brought into detail. The opening riff is gentle yet endearing, and the song is well put together and well orchestrated. The attention to detail here is sublime - you can find something you may have not noticed every time you return to the song.
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