Tuesday, August 6, 2013

“Byegone” by Volcano Choir – A Song Review

     This is the second Bon Iver reference in two weeks. Last week, we talked about Dustin Tebbutt and how he has taken aspects we like about Bon Ivor and improved upon them. But wait, we bumped into a single from the upcoming release by a project of Justin Vernon (frontman of Bon Iver) and Collections of Colonies of Bees, a Wisconsin-based band. The release is an eight-song album that is scheduled to land on September 3, 2013.
     The name of the project is Volcano Choir. In addition to Vernon, the members of Volcano Choir are Jon Mueller, Chris Rosenau, Matt Skemp, Daniel Spack, and Thomas Winchek. Volcano Choir released its debut album in 2009 (“Unmap”). The upcoming album (“Repave”) will be its second.

     The Volcano Choir song that caused us to take notice is “Byegone.” The song covers a significant area along the spectrum from simplistic to complex. And we enjoy the visits to each area. For example, at the 1:04 mark in the song, there is a transition to just a simple guitar work and vocals. The vocals are simple, but the lyrics have a power. Starting at the 2:10 mark, the power and complexity begin to build. But we particularly appreciate the cooperation of vocals and instruments that starts at the 3:07 mark.
     "Byegone" by Volcano Choir

09/06/13 – Chicago, IL: Metro*
09/07/13 – Indianapolis, IN: The Vogue*
09/08/13 – Toronto, ON: Phoenix Concert Theatre*
09/09/13 – South Burlington, VT: Higher Ground*
09/11/13 – Boston, MA: Paradise Rock Club*
09/12/13 – Washington, DC: 9:30 Club*
09/14/13 – New York, NY: Webster Hall*
09/27/13 – Madison, WI: Orpheum Theater
09/28/13 – Milwaukee, WI: The Pabst Theater
10/18/13 – Minneapolis, MN: First Avenue

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