Justin Vernon: Bon Iver Is “Winding Down”

It feels like Bon Iver has been a part of the indie rock firmament for years now, but when you look back on it, their output has been tiny: Two albums, one EP. And as it turns out, that may be all we get. In a recent interview with the Minnesota public radio station 89.3 The Current, Justin Vernon said that the band was “winding it down” and that he expected that he’d soon walk away from it, maybe permanently. He didn’t really make any specific claims, but it sure sounds like we might not get too many more chances to see Bon Iver, at least for a while. Here’s what Vernon said, responding to a question about what’s next for Bon Iver:

Winding it down. I look at it like a faucet. I have to turn it off and walk away from it because so much of how that music comes together is subconscious or discovering. There’s so much attention on the band, it can be distracting at times. I really feel the need to walk away from it while I still care about it. And then if I come back to it – if at all – I’ll feel better about it and be renewed or something to do that.

(via The Current)

Meanwhile, Bon Iver’s Friday night show at Radio City Music Hall is streaming online in HD; watch it here. Also, as Pitchfork reports, a representative for Bon Iver’s label Jagjaguwar has issued a statement saying that the band is “just going off cycle after two very busy years on this record.”