[caption id="attachment_890" align="aligncenter" width="630" caption="Bon Iver's Justin Vernon in Austin, Texas, March 2011. Photo: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images"][/caption]
Fans of isolated, bearded folk rejoice! Bon Iver’s follow-up to 2007’s gorgeous heart-breaker For Emma, Forever Ago is due this June, as Rolling Stone reports. The ten song set benefits from saxophonist Colin Stetson (Tom Waits), pedal-steel whiz Greg Leisz and the real shocker: a proper studio. And while Bon Iver principle Justin Vernon’s been palling around with folks like Kanye West over the last year, it doesn’t sound like the new material came easy.
“Somewhere along the line, I forgot how to write songs,” he tells Rolling Stone. “I couldn’t do it anymore with a guitar. It wasn’t happening.”
While the track list has yet to be revealed, he did share some details about a few tunes: “Perth” was written about a "rejuvenating" experience the Australian city and features a children’s choir along with “wailing guitars” and the album closes with a song called “Beth/Rest,” which he describes as the song he’s most proud of and one that makes you want to “pick up your joint and re-light it.”
But what we’re really wondering is where Justin’s mindset is these days, after breaking out with such a gut-busting break-up album as Emma came to be. Surely the mood will be a little lighter, right?