16 September 2009

Justin Vernon - Hazeltons (2006) & Self Record (2005)


Hey look a 2-for-1!

These two albums are by Justin Vernon, the man behind the incredible Bon Iver. Before he made For Emma, Forever Ago as Bon Iver, he recorded these albums under his actual name. Bon Iver pulled him from obscurity so fast it's hard to even find the music he made before.

These do (obviously) share some similarities with Bon Iver, except there's almost no falsetto, there's a bigger selection of instruments, and some instrumental songs. Hazeltons runs a bit short, and Self Record runs a bit long, but the man clearly has tremendous songwriting talent and these albums are really excellent, even if they don't quite compare to Bon Iver.