It seems Bon Iver’s hiatus is over. Frontman Justin Vernon has annoucned new music is in the making.
The release of their self-titled album in 2011 sparked widespread success, preceded by their equally, critically acclaimed debut For Emma, Forever Ago, put the band on the map. Touring all over the globe for the next several years lead the band to become exausted. Frontman, Justin Vernon, said the band needed to “wind it down” for the indefinite future.
Vernon recently spoke with Billboard and announced, “I’m no longer winding down. I’ve definitely been working on new music.”
Bon Iver will be performing at the Eaux Claires Festival again this year. The festival is organized by Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner. He told Billboard about Bon Iver’s performance at the upcoming festival:
“You know, we’re not just gonna play the same set we did last year. I’ve been working on music, you know, man. It takes a long time, and I’m not sure exactly what it is or what it means to me, and until that happens I won’t really know exactly what sharing it will look like or feel like or when. There’s sort of this internal pressure, not from anybody but myself, to come out with new music for the festival. But I’m not gonna make myself do anything. I really have to take it step by step and have patience and know that the music—if it comes out, it’s gotta be really true, it’s gotta really live with the other records and extend from them and be reborn and all that.”
Vernon also explained what came from Bon Iver’s break:
“The last few years have given me a lot of perspective. It’s been valuable. But I’d rather be busy, and I’d rather be engaged. I learned a lot of lessons. I learned a lot about what this stuff can do to people and how it can change how people set their priorities. I’m not interested in having my priorities all screwed up.”
You can watch Bon Iver’s Entire Eaux Claires set from last year here.