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04 ‘The Wolves (Act I and II) – For Emma, Forever Ago (2008) – Bon Iver

  • knocking gtr sounds
  • single strums, on chord changes
  • vox falsetto harmonies
  • background sirens
  • chorus: 2nd gtr strums on beat
    ‘what might have been lost’
    complex overlap of 2 lines of melody/vox
  • chaotic drums at the end – like fireworks
  • act II: coda, refrain of song start

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. single gtr strums, on chord changes, on beat for chorus
  2. ‘what might have been lost’
    ‘don’t bother me’
    complex overlap of 2 lines of melody/vox

03 ‘Skinny Love’ – For Emma, Forever Ago (2008) – Bon Iver

  • ac gtr, doubled – sounds kinda distant
  • vox, doubled – switching from falsetto and full voice
  • hand claps and minimal percussion (ie kik)
  • ends with plinky gtr afterthoughts

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. double every part
  2. vox – switching from falsetto and full voice

02 ‘Lump Sum’ – For Emma, Forever Ago (2008) – Bon Iver

  • vox harmonies intro
  • ac gtr, and kik come in, quite fast
  • pause, filled with pigeon cooing loop texture
  • restart with vox falsetto harmonising
  • bvs in the chorus, heavy verb
  • snr/hats join (snr rolling like a train, hats accent in place of the snr on the 2 and 4)
  • end: drops out except ac gtr and snr

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. pause, filled with pigeon cooing loop texture
  2. snr/hats join (snr rolling like a train, hats accent in place of the snr on the 2 and 4)

01 ‘Flume’ – For Emma, Forever Ago (2008) – Bon Iver

  • fret hand muted strum intro
  • ac gtr, harmonised falsetto vox
  • fret buzz, single note ac gtr melody
  • chiming ac gtr melody harmonic (lightly touching but not fretting)
    low volume acoustics as high volume surface detail
  • middle: verbed, ambient chord, acoustic gtr knocking
  • verbed, keys or vox harmonies as background

KEY IDEAS to plunder

low volume acoustics as high volume surface detail

  1. fret buzz, single note ac gtr melody
  2. chiming ac gtr melody harmonic (lightly touching but not fretting)

For Emma, Forever Ago (2008) – Bon Iver

  • solo album, singer songwriter acoustic gtr
  • lonely, desolate, breakup album
  • self made, multi-tracked, multi- part harmonies
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