BON IVER

AN EVENING WITH BON IVER

“It might be over soon” says Justin Vernon, or rather makes it said by the sampled voice of the legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, altered with a vocoder, so that one is unsure whether it is him, her, a child or a robot that talks to open his third album 22, a Million. What might be definitely over is Bon Iver’s organic treatment of vocal recording. Throughout the album, vocoder is here, with more or less intensity, to mutate Vernon’s voice. A legion of horns, complex drum patterns, saxophone solos, synthesisers, electronic loops... In 2016, the work of the Wisconsin native took a decisive turn. 22, a Million is at the crossroads of folk music, orchestral pop, hip-hop and jazz. A Kanye West kind of stroke - a stroke of genius, in other words - through which the American songwriter succeeded in making his music enter a new era. An astonishment but not a surprise for us who saw him back in 2012 on the stage of the Grand théâtre where his sublime transmutation was already taking shape. What a treat to see him again.