BON IVER - BLOOD BANK VINYL EP (LTD. 10TH ANNIVERSARY ED. RED)
LIMITED 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION RED VINYL EP
Release Date: 27th March 2020
Limited 10th anniversary edition of Bon Iver's incredible Blood Bank EP, featuring live renditions of each track on the flipside. Ten years on (well actually eleven years), the Blood Bank EP feels even more revelatory than it did back then (who would have thought 'Woods' would end up being sampled by Kanye West!?), as Justin Vernon started to stretch his creative, eclectic and experimental wings and move away from the defining acoustic folk sound of his mega-hyped debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago. Bloody brilliant, still.
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"Bon Iver’s ‘Blood Bank EP’ was originally released in early 2009, hot on the heels of the beloved ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ album. The EP was a harbinger of a new sound for Bon Iver: a movement away from the acoustic guitar-led instrumentation of the debut and the beginning of an exploration into the experimental sounds that have evolved but defined Bon Iver ever since. The reissue of this seminal EP is coupled with brand new live renditions of all the EP tracks. A reflection on the ‘Blood Bank EP’ by Ryan Matteson: “When I reflect on the songs that make up the ‘Blood Bank EP’, I am drawn to mantras, both musical and lyrical. The driving and pulsating rhythm of the title track is held steady by the repeated refrain, I know it well, before it eventually yields to a beautiful array of guitar distortion and noise. These moments are significant through all four songs. When the steel guitar makes its entrance on ‘Beach Baby’, it’s transportive. A blissful, breezy feeling sweeps into the room and that puts you within the moment. Close your eyes and you can feel it. ‘Babys’ follows perfectly. A piano guides your mind to the new beginnings that come with the changing of seasons. The awareness of time passes and makes way for another day. Then there’s ‘Woods’. A flawless finale. Foreign and new. Not just a new direction but a new beginning entirely. A place where boundaries don’t exist. It was a signal change of things to come, laying the groundwork for new collaborations. A decade later, the song says so much in just three lines. Most significant to me are the words, ‘I’m building a sill to slow down the time.’ Time doesn’t slow down, it races.”"