The recent Grammy winner from Wisconsin releases a gorgeous new music video for the song “Towers” along with a slew of North American tour dates.
Bon Iver’s self-titled follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut For Emma, Forever Ago, graced the top of many a best of lists for 2011 and then went on to do the impossible, if you are someone other than Adele, winning not one but two Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album. Never mind that “alternative” music has been dead and buried since the mid-nineties (to say The Grammys is a bit dated would be like saying ice cream is cold and delicious), but it is refreshing that a talent as great as that of Bon Iver front man and songwriter Justin Vernon is being recognized on such a vast and unlikely level.
Vernon and company have been touring Australia for the past few weeks but are headed stateside at the beginning of April and have released a new music video for “Towers” to coincide with their tour date announcement (including a stop at Coachella and a night at Red Rocks with Feist).
The video, directed by filmmaker Nabil Elderkin (who is responsible for three previous Bon Iver videos) is beautiful, enigmatic and intriguing. He said this about the making of “Towers”:
When Justin sent me a breakdown of what certain parts/lines of the song meant to him I did my best to decode it and curate into something simple, and hopefully the viewer can take from it their own feeling of what the towers represent. It was shot up in Washington state, mostly on Indian-preserved land, and our actor’s name was Mystic. He seemed to be very tuned into the land, and when he said he was also willing to fall into the freezing cold ocean up there (seems a bit sharky too), I knew he was my guy.
Check out “Towers” off of Bon Iver’s self-titled sophomore release and grab tickets to the San Francisco show now, as they will absolutely sell out.
Bon Iver play Thursday, April 19 at The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium w/All Tiny Creatures. Tickets are $45 and the show is all ages.
Feature Photo by D.L. Anderson