Thursday, November 6, 2014

Essential Throwback Thursday: For Emma, Forever Ago

I think it goes without saying that, the second the air chills and the leaves fall, there's one staple album that's been coming back into serious rotation since it dropped in 2007.

Holed up in a cabin in Wisconsin, Justin Vernon managed to assemble one of the most profound albums of...well, all time. Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago is that rare collection of melancholy folk (seems limiting to call it that) which exudes a remoteness so palpable that each new strum weighs on your chest. It could be the strong memory of listening to the album repeatedly in that winter of '07, but Vernon's soulful falsetto and those painfully reflective lyrics sound so real every time this season rolls around. Despite the fact that these ballads evoke pretty strong feelings of isolation, there's also that unprecedented beauty in them, which I find myself returning to, wholeheartedly, year after year.

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