Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon Says He’s ‘No Longer Winding Down,’ Working on New Music
Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon has been plenty busy as of late: He’s gearing up for Asian tour dates later this month and prepping for the second edition of his Eaux Claires music festival. But now, in no uncertain terms, Vernon has confirmed he's working on new music, too.
With that said, Vernon doesn’t want to rush his creative process. While the singer-songwriter says he feels a self-perpetuated pressure to write new songs in time for this year's Eaux Claires (he debuted new music at last year’s festival, too), he intends to take his time:
I’ve been working on music, you know, man. It takes a long time, and I’m not sure exactly what it is or what it means to me, and until that happens I won’t really know exactly what sharing it will look like or feel like or when. There’s sort of this internal pressure, not from anybody but myself, to come out with new music for the festival. But I’m not gonna make myself do anything. I really have to take it step by step and have patience and know that the music — if it comes out, it’s gotta be really true, it’s gotta really live with the other records and extend from them and be reborn and all that. There’s a lot that goes into it. I’ve definitely been working on music.
Bon Iver’s upcoming tour dates kick off on Feb. 21 in Seoul, South Korea, with more stops planned through the beginning of March. The second-annual Eaux Claires is scheduled for Aug. 12-13. The 2016 lineup boasts festival co-founder Aaron Dessner, his brother and National bandmate Bryce Dessner, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Beach House, Jenny Lewis, Erykah Badu and more. Vernon plans to perform two sets as Bon Iver and another as Fall Creek Boys Choir with James Blake.