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Volcano Choir, ‘Unmap’ (Jagjaguwar)

Spencer Kornhaber // September 12, 2009

For this project with Milwaukee quintet Collections of Colonies of Bees, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon turns his sad-shack cabin into a veritable laboratory: Strummed guitars flip between audio channels, metronomic synths ping low in the mix, workshop rhythms build and disintegrate. Auto-Tuned hymn “Woods,” off Bon Iver’s Blood Bank EP, reappears as an appliance-buzz symphony, while “Island, IS” puts catchy cooing over what sounds like a krautrock breakbeat. Both thrilling and baffling, the nine tracks prove that Vernon’s appeal lies in his otherworldly sound, not in his broken heart.

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