Published Feb 02, 2012Bon Iver only just put out his beloved sophomore album last June, but frontman Justin Vernon has already lined up a whole whack of new projects that are sure to satiate his ever-expanding fan base.
Speaking with USA Today, the songwriter shed light on his new musical endeavours. In addition to talking about already announced collaborations with the Flaming Lips and the Chieftains, Vernon explained that he has a new album on the way from his Volcano Choir project "for the Japanese market," as well as one by the Shouting Matches. The latter is his duo with Peter Wolf Crier drummer Brien Moen, and he calls it "sort of a blues-gospel band."
In even more surprising news, Vernon revealed that he recently wrote a song with soul singer Alicia Keys. He said, "I have a big idea to do an American songbook of the greatest women singers. There are so many: Casey [Dienel] from White Hinterland, Bonnie Raitt, Alicia."
He also discussed plans to do "a one-off charity album to have an excuse to work with a bunch of people that I'd choose to work with, all at once." It isn't clear if this is referring to the songbook of female singers, or a different project entirely.
One thing that Vernon isn't planning to do anytime soon, however, is the a new Bon Iver album. "I don't have songs written yet," he admitted. "I'm guessing three years. But it could be five. It could be only one more. It just depends when the songs come about. I sort of have to wait till they reveal themselves."
Of course, Vernon's most recent project was producing the latest album by his girlfriend, Kathleen Edwards, entitled Voyageur.
Thanks to DIY for the tip.