Monday, September 28, 2009

Concert Review: Bon Iver

Whoever thought having a sunrise concert with Bon Iver at a cemetery is a genius. It was a foggy morning, I arrived around 4AM to the sight of 1000 people snuggled up in sleeping bags snoozing away under the night's sky. Planet Earth was being projected against a wall while ambient music was playing in the background and whisks of fog drifted through the tombstones. It was absolutely surreal. Around 5am, a bunch of Buddhist monks chanted and blessed the band and crowd. I couldn't help but think of a better way to be woken up for a Bon Iver show.

On Bon Iver's debut album For Emma, Forever Ago there is a specific track called The Wolves (Acts I &II). I can almost pinpoint in that song the exact moment where Bon Iver show that they are not just another indie acoustic act, but rather something completely original and exciting. Throughout the pitch perfect show Bon Iver played almost the entirety of For Emma. To many people there it seemed more like a religious experience rather than a concert, to be in that setting and to hear his perfect falsetto voice ring off of the mausoleums of the cemetery is something that will stick with me forever.

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