Bon Iver

Mike Monteiro:

Can someone who’s not on Paxil please explain Bon Iver to me.

I don’t think music should have to be explained. You either feel it or you don’t and not everybody has to like all the same stuff, especially when it’s as emotional as music.

And I understand the “I’m just an asshole on Twitter” thing, that’s all good. But I’m sure that feeling comes from a real place so I figured I’d take a stab at “explaining” why I like Bon Iver. Here’s how I feel about the songs:

  • They are really well crafted. Many of them take interesting journeys. Only few of them follow standard verse-chorus-verse-chorus structures and those feel like a nice break.
  • The falsetto singing thing can be a hump to get over but once you do it feels like the only way.
  • The lyrics are thought-provoking and metaphorical.
  • They are very calming. They feel like Winter. He is from Wisconsin (where I am from) and it evokes home.

Beyond that, Justin seems like a really nice and smart guy. AND he personally thanked characters from Northern Exposure in the liner notes of the first album which goes a long way with me. AND the second album is just as good as the first.

2 responses to “Bon Iver”

  1. John says:

    Man, I’d love to agree that the second album is as good as the first, and it so almost is. But that last track is, in my most humble of opinions, inexcusably bad.

  2. Théo says:

    You’re so damn right about everything : Bon iver means winter to me as well. I also like some remixes of the bon iver songs : have you heard of “Skinny Love (Das Kapital Rerub)” ? (My favorite song when skiing !)

    We seem to like the same kind of music and have the same passion for design, that’s cool.

    Keep up the good work on CSS tricks ! :)

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