Bon Iver's Justin Vernon Records New Album with Rapper Astronautalis

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon Records New Album with Rapper Astronautalis
Where does Justin Vernon find the time? In addition to fronting the insanely popular Bon Iver, the sensitive songwriter runs the label Chigliak and has collaborated on a host of projects, including Volcano Choir, Gayngs, the Shouting Matches and possibly an American songbook of female vocalist. Now, we've caught wind of his latest endeavour: a band with Minneapolis rapper Astronautalis.

Minneapolis City Pages [via Stereogum] recently spoke with Astronautalis (aka Andy Bothwell), who revealed that he and Vernon teamed up with Bon Iver drummer S. Carey and Gayngs founder Ryan Olson, and recorded an album in a three-day session. Recording took place at Vernon's April Base studio in Wisconsin.

"There were several times during those three days where I couldn't believe that a sound just fell perfectly into place," Astronautalis said. "Often times you get one of those when you make a record, or two of those, over the course of weeks and weeks and weeks. This process was exhilarating, and it drove us further. We were originally going to be down there for a day."

Vernon and company had already written and recorded several songs before Astronautalis showed up and rapped over the tracks. Don't, however, expect this to be your average hip-hop crossover album.

The MC said, "A lot of my fans are like, 'Oh this is going to be amazing: Astronautalis rapping and Justin singing choruses.' It's not going to be that."

Astronautalis added that "everyone should abandon their expectations of what it's going to be, because it's probably going to be very far off."

We're guessing that means it sounds nothing like Bon Iver's Kanye West collaboration.

There's no word as to when this album will be out or what the band will be called, but it won't be under Olson's Gayngs umbrella. Look for tour dates to be announced eventually, and head to Astronautalis's Tumblr to see some photos of the process.