It was love at first sight for us with Justin Vernon. For Emma, Forever Ago is a great listen top to bottom, but we’ve noted that some of its songs — “Skinny Love” and “The Wolves (Act I & II),” in particular — become particularly moving showcases for Justin’s hearty falsetto in a live setting. Now we’re bringing you the evidence. To document the stacked Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans bill at Mohawk last Thursday in Austin, we had Stereogum videographer Raph Rodriguez stand above the patio and capture Justin and band working through both our Iver live faves. Here’s “Skinny Love”:
Up next is both acts of “The Wolves.” As is custom, Justin cues the crowd to chant “What might have been lost” (sans the record’s Cher vocal filter) as Raph slowly zooms out, bringing a little sweeping majesty to our Good Friday morning.
“The Wolves (Act I & II)”
And that’s why you should go see Bon Iver live.
Bon Iver – “Skinny Love” (MP3)