Bon Iver Announces New Album & Performs It Live In Its Entirety At Eaux Claires

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On Friday Justin Vernon and Bon Iver unveiled the project’s first new album since 2011 in an unusual way. Just before Bon Iver took the stage at Vernon’s Eaux Claires Music Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin the band announced the upcoming release of 22, A Million. Bon Iver then proceeded to play the new LP, which is due September 30 via Jagjaguwar, live in its entirety at Eaux Claires.

The new album features 10 songs, each of which sports wild names that have made writers have to break out the character map to re-create such titles as “10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⊠ ⊠.” Bon Iver’s album announcement came with extended versions of two songs: “22 (OVER S∞∞N) [Bob Moose Extended Cab Version]” and “10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⊠ ⊠ (Extended Version).”

Listen:

[22 (OVER S∞∞N) [Bob Moose Extended Cab Version]]

[10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⊠ ⊠]

One of Vernon’s childhood friends and collaborators Trever Hagen penned a poignant essay with the goal of announcing the album. Yet, within the piece Hagen tells a tale about friendship, music and the loss of innocence that has marked the last decade of Justin’s life. It’s an incredible essay well worth reading even if you’re not a Justin Vernon/Bon Iver fan. Credits for 22, A Millon can be found here, while pre-orders have started here.

Bon Iver’s headlining Friday night set at Eaux Claires started with a complete performance of the new album. The band returned for a four-song encore that included new arrangements of “Minnesota, WI” and “Beth/Rest,” the second of which featured Bruce Hornsby. Watch fan-shot footage of the debut of the new album captured by cookiecrumblemusic:

Here’s footage of Bruce Hornsby sitting-in on “Beth/Rest”:

22, A Million Tracklist

  1. 22 (OVER S∞∞N)
  2. 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⊠ ⊠
  3. 715 – CRΣΣKS
  4. 33 “GOD”
  5. 29 #Strafford APTS
  6. 666 ʇ
  7. 21 M♢♢N WATER
  8. 8 (circle)
  9. 45_____
  10. 00000 Million

Setlist

Bon Iver at Foster Farms

22, A Million
  • 22 (OVER S∞∞N)  
  • 10 d E A T h b R E a s T  
  • 715 - CREEKS  
  • 33 “GOD”  
  • 29 #Strafford APTS  
  • 666 ʇ
  • 21 M♢♢N WATER  
  • 8 (circle)  
  • ____45_____  
  • 00000 Million  
Encore
  • Beach Baby
  • Minnesota, WI  
  • Creature Fear
  • Beth/Rest  

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