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Volcano Choir : Repave

It’s been a couple of years since the last Bon Iver record, and if the man himself is to be believed it’ll be a couple more before we hear the next one, but Justin Vernon hasn’t exactly been sat on his hands these past few months: as well as producing the Blind Boys of Alabama and girlfriend Kathleen Edwards’ most recent LPs and lending his vocals to Kanye West’s Yeezus, he’s just put out an album with his gospel-blues trio Shouting Matches and next week will release the sophomore full-length from Volcano Choir, his collaborative project with old friends Collections Of Colonies Of Bees. Repave, out September 3 via Jagjaguwar, is to Bon Iver what VC’s Unmap was to Vernon’s solo debut For Emma, Forever Ago; part big budget Hollywood remake of a cult art-house favourite, part experimental remix project, finding new approach routes into familiar territory, CoCoB pulling apart their buddy’s soul-searching songwriting and weaving the threads back together into intricate post-rock patterns. So whereas For Emmas‘s hushed acoustics provided inspiration for its predecessor’s loopy, glitch-ridden ambient soundscapes, Repave finds itself informed by Bon Iver‘s ’80’s-leaning cinematic rock, making for a more accessible – if no less adventurous – listening experience. Vernon may have publicly expressed a certain unease at his new-found “award-winning rock star” status, but as the epic, electronically enhanced likes of “Comrade” and “Byegone” (below) prove, it hasn’t put him off writing the kind of songs that could blow the roof off a packed stadium; check it out over at NPR.

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