One of the most remarkable and gratifying success stories the past decade. Last fall he played at a packed Ericsson Globe in Stockholm and this summer drew a massive crowd at Mölleplatsen in Malmö, why it only makes sense that when Bon Iver in August returns to Way Out West, he does so as an indisputable headliner. Justin Vernon and friends takes the stage in Slottsskogen for what most certainly will become a future classic.
An exceptional four-album run – “Bon Iver only make classics”, said Stereogum – has turned Bon Iver into an perhaps unlikely but far from undeserving arena artist. One who’s achieved this position without any creative compromise whatsoever, and one who’s seen his popularity rise with every exploratory album. Or as Aftonbladet put it in their review of the Ericsson Globe show: ”How could music this weird become so popular?” On stage Bon Iver easily can enchant with the music and the music only. Their songs have all the necessary beauty and drama, they’re atmospheric in every single second without ever feeling predictable.
On a sea of horns, strange pedals, a piano, double drum kits and a bunch of synthesizers Bon Iver navigates through his wide spectrum of expressions. Never straightforward, always engaging. The word genius is maybe used a bit too often these days, but when speaking about Justin Vernon it’s justifiable. Bon Iver is one of the greatest acts of our time, and this year’s new album i,i is a well-sounding receipt of that.
Bon Iver will play at Way Out West on Thursday August 13.