For the first new music from Bon Iver in 5 years, this should not be terribly surprising. Justin Vernon has collaborated with the likes of Kanye and James Blake. The instrumentals on his new tracks don’t sound like the folk darling we’ve come to know and love. The warm electronics do compliment Vernon’s voice though. “22 (OVER S∞∞N)” finds a happy medium for fans of For Emma, Forever Ago, but “10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄” is much more distorted. The instrumental of “10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄” though features some sweet, welcoming saxophone work, which contrasts Vernon’s distorted vocal takes. Bon Iver’s 22, A Million is sure to be interesting, probably excellent.
James will be patient, and James will be fine on Twitter.