i,i is Bon Iver’s most expansive, joyful and generous album to date. If For Emma, Forever Ago was the crisp, heart-strung isolation of a northern winter; Bon Iver, Bon Iver the rise and whirr of burgeoning spring; and 22, A Million a blistering, “crazy-energy” summer record; i,i completes the cycle: autumn-coloured, ruminative, steeped. The autumn of Bon Iver is a celebration of self-acceptance and gratitude, bolstered by community and delivering the bounty of an infinite American music.
With each release, Bon Iver has quietly shifted the state of modern music. From the boundaries of folk to the rules of autotune to production work for others, Bon Iver’s fingerprint finds its way across the mainstream every time. Justin Vernon has always been a master collaborator, and on i,i that desire is brought to the fore, with guests ranging from Moses Sumney and Bruce Hornsby to Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Here, the music – and band, and themes, and creative space – are bigger than ever.