Published Mar 21, 2019Bruce Hornsby and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon first teamed up on the former's 2016 album Rehab Reunion, and they have now joined forces again to co-write a song for Hornsby's forthcoming disc Absolute Zero.
Titled "Cast-Off," the song also features contributions from Bon Iver drummer Sean Carey, Hiss Golden Messenger's Brad Cook and more. As Hornsby explained in a statement, "Cast-Off" is "a song about acceptance and even gratitude in the face of rejection, egolessness, patience and humility."
Hornsby further explained the song's genesis as follows:
This song was put together in Eau Claire, WI, last April, starting with an unused film cue, developed and expanded upon in the studio with spontaneous contributions from Sean Carey (who just walked in and started singing), Jeremy Ylvisaker (playing guitar that doesn't sound like guitar!), Mike Lewis and JT Bates on sax and drums, Brad Cook (and later Noisemaker JV Collier) on bass, and Justin and I taking turns in the vocal booth trading ideas and melodies. Pretty much, mostly concocted right there at April Base!
Absolute Zero arrives April 12, and the album features further contributions from Blake Mills, yMusic, Sean Carey, the Staves, Jack DeJohnette and more.