Saturday, April 11, 2009

Bite Sized Bon Iver & Fleet Foxes

EPs are to albums as rebounds are to girlfriends - they are an opportunity for bands to cleanse themselves and begin anew. Unfortunately, as rebounds they are often also impulsive, confused, and shortlived - necessary detours that we'd all rather forget about.

Case in point: "Woods" off of Bon Iver's Blood Bank EP, which is solely Justin Vernon HARMONIZING IN AUTOTUNE. Like T-Pain "buy you a drank" autotune. A potentially career-killing idea if ever there was one. And though I won't be able to convince you if the move was startlingly brave or heartstoppingly retarded (I go with brave), there's no questioning that, far from a detour, the four tracks that make up Blood Bank are completely essential listening for any Bon Iver fan. Which should be all of you. Here's the title track, which is as good as anything off of "For Emma":


Ditto for "Sun Giant", the Fleet Foxes EP released only months after their how-is-this-so-perfect debut. The crazy part is, pound for pound, "Sun Giant" is actually an even better album than 2008's album of the year, which I didn't really believe was possible. Let me prove it to you with one track, "Mykonos", a lovechild of Queen and Neil Young that makes fireworks explode in my head:


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