Monday, April 18, 2011

Bon Iver's new -- and strange -- video: a leak from the forthcoming album?

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon
  • Bon Iver's Justin Vernon

Justin Vernon, the mastermind behind indie-folk soundscape artists Bon Iver, has been known for his bizarre style. While his music is ghostly and beautifully haunting, his descriptive, suggestive lyrics are supported by richly layered harmonies that often need entire rooms of people singing them to achieve the desired quality of sound. Bon Iver's live performances often utilize the audiences themselves, passing out lyric sheets to the crowd, encouraging people to sing along in order to create a collective vocal symphony.


It's been almost four years since the group released their debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago, and Vernon recently caught his fans' attention when he announced a second album would finally be released in June. But true to his way of doing things, a name for the album has not been released, nor has any information on the tracks. Until maybe now.

Last week, the group posted a new video on its website, simply titled "Untitled, by Bon Iver." The clip (and we call it a clip because it's less than a minute long), is strange, almost creepy footage of a painted landscape, almost like the kind found on your grandmother's curtain fabrics. The camera is essentially floating over the image, hand-held and only partially focused. And the music? Well, it features no lyrics, and only quiet, free-styled instrumentals. So what is this bizarre little video all about? And could it be the first leak from the new album? Check the video below and tell us what you think.


Untitled from Bon Iver on Vimeo.

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