June 20, 2011

New Bon Iver

It's great and you can listen to it on NPR. Not quite as heartbreaking as For Emma, Forever Ago, but no less touching. He creates these spaces with sound that take me back to childhood, when I rode in the backs of cars and my parents would play self-recorded tapes from their favorite records, and we would wind through valleys lined with hillsides wrinkled like dropcloths, sharp aired forests, and plains studded with straw. I watched sun strike through the ponderosa pines, clouds twist on bony peaks, horses stand round backed in dry fields, broken ridged barns, hawks on wires, and daydreamed. It's nice to listen to music that reminds you when life was like that. And yes, it's nostalgia, but there's nothing wrong with remembering.

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