Bad news for Bon Iver fans: it looks like the indie folk superstars are talking an indefinite hiatus. Justin Vernon, the group's frontman and songwriter, gave an interview to Minnesota Public Radio's The Current Local Show in which he said the following about Bon Iver's current status:
"Winding it down. I look at it like a faucet. I have to turn it off and walk away from it because so much of how that music comes together is subconscious or discovering. There’s so much attention on the band, it can be distracting at times. I really feel the need to walk away from it while I still care about it. And then if I come back to it – if at all – I'll feel better about it and be renewed or something to do that."
But before already fragile and melancholiac Bon Iver fans get too distraught, the band's label, Jagjaguwar, released a statement clarifying Vernon's interview: "They are just going off cycle after two very busy years on this record." Phew! An “off cycle” sounds way better than “if I come back to it – if at all.”
Whether the band is done or not, fans who caught Bon Iver's recent four show stint at Radio City Music Hall as part of Fuse Music Week should consider themselves pretty lucky. In case you missed it, the show is available on YouTube for the next 24 hours. And be sure to check out our photo gallery of the Bon Iver show along with photos from other Fuse Music Week shows, including ones by Grizzly Bear and Metric.