–by Quincy Tejani, Music Connoisseur–
Every week Violet Wave chooses a spectacular album that we believe should be showcased as our Album of the Week. Majority of the time the choice will feature a new album that we have fallen in love with.
There was a time, believe it or not, when the most popular bands were releasing albums once or even twice a year. Because back in the golden age of rock bands like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin made a lot of their money from record sales, it was smart to keep your name in the conversation as well as your LP’s on the shelves. These days we are lucky if our favourite bands come out with something once every two or three years. Bon Iver on the other hand really took his time with this one. The last time we received something new from Justin Vernon under the monicker Bon Iver was way back in 2011. With a wait like that the fans could only hope that 22, A Million would be something special. And boy, we were not disappointed.
Ever since Vernon created his masterpiece debut folk album For Emma, Forever Ago he has been getting further and further away from the style that made him a household name. To call this new LP “folk” would be like calling To Pimp a Butterfly jazz. Although Vernon may still be influenced by the genre, 22, A Million sounds more like neo-hip hop than it does folk. As I listen to tracks like 10 d E A T h b R E a s T and 33 ,,GOD% I can’t help feeling like Vernon is working in a realm that takes place 5 years from now. In fact, it feels like this new record is a record from the future in the same way that Radiohead’s KID A felt like some sort of futuristic work back in 2000. Every now and then an artist is able to push the entire music game forward by a couple of years with one release. I believe that 22, A Million has done just that. Bon Iver has always had an original sound but never has one of their releases sounded so very different from everything currently out there.
Best Track: 33 ,,GOD%
Quincy Tejani is the co-founder of The Violet Wave and is also editor of music. When he’s not listening to or writing about music you can probably find him walking through the forests of Ontario or watching football. He also never turns down a cold Pabst… never.