Justin Vernon – “Hazelton”

Justin Vernon is the lead singer of Bon Iver, a great indie/folk band. I’ll probably do a post with one of their songs soon. Before that happened, he recorded a solo EP, Hazeltons, at home in Winconsin. This shows off his great voice. It’s soft and resilient. It’s the voice of someone who’s been through life’s ups and downs, probably a few more of the downs, but still sounds optimistic. This song is beautiful.

As much as I love this song, there’s another reason for this post. In news you didn’t expect to read today, Justin Vernon has said he worked on “at least ten songs” with a certain Kanye West in an interview with Pitchfork. So the list of people officially collaborating on Kanye’s next album includes RZA, Q-Tip, Madlib, DJ Premier, Pete Rock and now Justin Vernon. He’s not playing around.

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