Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Year in Music #7:
Volcano Choir - Repave

Despite seeming to be a side project of Bon Iver front-man Justin Vernon, the formation of Volcano Choir actually predates the former. But, it was Bon Iver's success that brought attention to this band, and certainly is the reason it even found its way on my radar.

Volcano Choir is a fitting name, as the album alternates between quiet, understated moments and sprawling, muscular hook-laden parts. The latter qualities are perhaps intended to represent eruptions, but to me, they're what separates this project from Vernon's main gig, although his folky but soulful voice still unmistakably links the two bands he's most known for.

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