REVIEW: Bon Iver – “Blood Bank”

It may not be one of the newest songs floating around, but this soft, echoing love song ticks all the boxes for me when it comes to acoustic/folk music. After finishing debut album “For Emma, Forever Ago”, which garnered a positive reception, the Blood Bank EP was released. The title track was originally written during the LP’s sessions, but didn’t feel right, and so was included here with three newer tracks.

The whispery vocals and lightly strummed guitars leave long extended pauses adding to the character of the song, and scratchy whining guitars subtly lay over the final moments of the song as it fades out. And although it seems to end all too soon, the imagery and storytelling is captivating without being overbearing and arrogant. It’s almost like you can see the snow lightly dropping on top of the car. It sounds incredibly clichéd, I know, but for me it’s just an extremely visual song.

Some say a picture is worth a thousand words. Whether that’s true or not, I know that Justin Vernon certainly doesn’t need a thousand words to paint an amazing picture.

Score: 8/10

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