Tre anni fa i detrattori di Justin Vernon ci avevano sperato. Ad un media australiano il 35enne cantautore americano dichiarava: “I don’t really write songs anymore. The last Bon Iver record was a very ‘sitting down with a guitar and writing’ kind of record…”. Speranza vana visto che qualche giorno dopo la Jagjaguwar si affrettava a smentire: “Bon Iver is not over by any means. Justin isn’t currently writing Bon Iver songs, but that doesn’t mean he won’t write them in the future. Bon Iver is off-cycle, and that is not new news…”. Registrato tra il natio Wisconsin, Londra e Lisbona, a cinque anni da ‘Bon Iver, Bon Iver’, il 30 settembre arriva a rimettere le cose a posto ’22, A Million’ il terzo capitolo della storia a nome Bon Iver nel quale figurano come collaboratori-ospiti Colin Stetson, S. Carey, Ryan Olson (Poliça) e Richard Buckner. Dieci brani in totale due dei quali “regalati” in anticipo: ‘22(OVER S∞∞N)’ e ‘10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⊠ ⊠‘.
“22, A Million is part love letter, part final resting place of two decades of searching for self-understanding like a religion. And the inner-resolution of maybe never finding that understanding. The album’s 10 poly-fi recordings are a collection of sacred moments, love’s torment and salvation, contexts of intense memories, signs that you can pin meaning onto or disregard as coincidence. If Bon Iver, Bon Iver built a habitat rooted in physical spaces, then 22, A Million is the letting go of that attachment to a place.”
UPDATE – Nuovo brano in ascolto ‘33 “GOD”‘