Bon Iver: For Emma, forever ago

“Justin Vernon moved to a remote cabin in the woods of Northwestern Wisconsin at the onset of winter. Tailing from the swirling breakup of his long time band (DeYarmond Edison), he escaped to the property and surrounded himself with simple work, quiet, and space. He lived there alone for three months, filling his days with wood splitting and other chores around the land. This special time slowly began feeding a bold, uninhibited new musical focus.” – Last.fm

At Rough Trade Records, where I first listened to this album, they had written beside the CD:

Is this the best album of 2008, already?

Big statement.

All I know is the gentle folk sound really comes into its own on a Sunday morning.

For Emma brings back memories of John Lennon’s dreamy, syrupy acoustic sound in Double Fantasy.

And it makes me hungry!

Listening to this album makes me want pancakes for breakfast drowned in maple syrup… yum.

This is a beautiful folk album, especially on a lazy Sunday morning, and definitely one of the best folk albums of the year, so far.

Link: Bon Iver