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Volcano Choir, Justin Vernon’s collaborative project with state-mates Collections Of Colonies Of Bees, introduced itself with the striking “Island, IS,” a track we noted “released Vernon’s falsetto from its plaintively strummed trappings, pairing it instead with a hypnotic world of COCOB’s loops, synths, percussion, aural ephemera.” Still, as a first shot from the “experimental” project, it read first and foremost as a “song.” Opposite that is the album-closing “Youlogy,” a freer flowing piece that’s considerably airier, minimal, and less structured. Its neologistic punnery is apt: Vernon delivers displaced-gospel vocals while Collections’ craft dissonant ambiance and scattered banjo plucks into something haunted and ethereal. File under: Music for cemeteries. Hear it at NPR.

Volcano Choir’s Unmap LP is out 9/22 via Jagjaguwar.

Comments (7)
  1. Does that Banjo’s head look exceptionally big?

    Does that comment sound unnervingly sexual?

  2. smooth… very quiet… looking fwd to the full album which should create a good atmosphere

  3. thumbs up! : )

  4. why won’t this just leak already?

    sounds like these wisconsin kids are channeling death+soul+angels.

  5. matthew  |   Posted on Aug 26th, 2009 0

    banjo heads can be many different sizes. the larger the head, the deeper the twang.

  6. the banjo head is larger than normal. Gets a deeper tone. No bluegrass here.

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