The past week or two I've been on a serious Bob Dylan and Bon Iver binge. This was welcomed by my fiancée as before these weeks, I was surviving on a daily and quite loud ration of experimental jazz--blasting the likes of Scofield and Medeski.
I have been a fan of Bob Dylan since my early high school years. I remember downloading his songs on LimeWire, or KaZaa, or whatever the go-to pirating platform was in the early/mid-2000's, burning his songs onto CD-Rs, and listening to them in my walkman on my walk home from school. I got very familiar with his songwriting style and he's been constantly in my playlist rotation ever since.
Bon Iver--on the other hand--was a more recent obsession. I had always appreciated 'Skinny Love', it being his most famous song. The song is very acoustic and folky in fashion, so I had always written off Bon Iver as just a folk act. The past few weeks have proved me wrong--VERY WRONG. I finally sat down and listened to the entire Bon Iver studio catalog. It wasn't hard--there are only three albums. But what I found was a creative genius that blended the homey feel of acoustic instruments and folk-style songwriting with the musical capabilities of modern technology.
Now I have in my head--stuck on repeat--the classic legend of Bob Dylan and the modern genius of Bon Iver. The two are mixing nonstop and I can't wait to see what comes of it.
Here's a preview of a song inspired by the two. Hope you like it!