September 3, 2013


Justin Vernon on Bon Iver's Future: "I Don't Really Write Songs Anymore"

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Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage

For those of you still waiting for a follow-up to 2011's Grammy-award winning Bon Iver, Bon Iver, don't hold your breath. Justin Vernon might be done with Bon Iver for a long, long time.

Speaking to Australia's Triple J radio, Justin said, "I don't really write songs anymore. The last Bon Iver record was a very sitting-down-with-a-guitar-and-writing kind of record. I really have to be in a specific headspace to even begin to illuminate an idea that would create another Bon Iver record, and I'm just not there.

"I'm really honored that Bon Iver gives me a platform to do whatever I want, but there's only so much time you can spend digging through yourself before you become insular. I'm not in a hurry to go back to that temperature. All of the music I've been making shifting away from Bon Iver feels really good ... so if I ever do go back to Bon Iver it will be all the better for it."

"Not in a hurry?" "If I ever go back?" Doesn't sound too hopeful for those of us (read: me) desperately searching for "Skinny Love Part 2." 

Whether or not we have to say goodbye to Bon Iver for good, there's been no shortage of new material from Justin Vernon over the past few years: He contributed to three songs on Kanye West's Yeezus, his rock/blues act The Shouting Matches released Grownass Man earlier this year and his indie/experimental act Volcano Choir released their second album, Repave, today.