Blood Bank (10th Anniversary)
A tenth anniversary reissue of the special and iconic EP from Bon Iver, originally released shortly after his debut full length For Emma, Forever Ago, beginning the journey towards more experimental sounds and songwriting that he has become well known for. Included in this new edition is live versions of the EP tracks recorded in different locations throughout 2018.
A reflection on the Blood Bank EP by Ryan Matteson:
When I reflect on the songs that make up the Blood Bank EP, I am drawn to mantras, both musical and lyrical. The driving and pulsating rhythm of the title track is held steady by the repeated refrain, I know it well, before it eventually yields to a beautiful array of guitar distortion and noise. These moments are significant through all four songs. When the steel guitar makes its entrance on “Beach Baby,” it’s transportive. A blissful, breezy feeling sweeps into the room and that puts you within the moment. Close your eyes and you can feel it. “Babys” follows perfectly. A piano guides your mind to the new beginnings that come with the changing of seasons. The awareness of time passes and makes way for another day. Then there’s “Woods.” A flawless finale. Foreign and new. Not just a new direction but a new beginning entirely. A place where boundaries don’t exist. It was a signal change of things to come, laying the groundwork for new collaborations. A decade later, the song says so much in just three lines. Most significant to me are the words, “I’m building a sill to slow down the time.” Time doesn’t slow down, it races.
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Cat no: JAG343CD
Info correct on: 1/4/2020