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12 Days of Music: A Review of Bon Iver’s Album 22, A Million

Artist: Bon Iver

Album: 22, A Million – Jagjagwar 2016

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Almost 10 years ago, Justin Vernon spent a long winter in his father’s cabin in Wisconsin; recovering from mono, binge watching Northern Exposure and writing a groundbreaking album under his new persona. Bon Iver, loosely translated, means “good winter” in French, which is the optimal time to listen to his latest album, 22, A Million.

I picked this album as one of my personal favorites of 2016 for a variety of reasons; it’s personal, experimental and it’s a gorgeous example of an artist continuing to evolve and push musical boundaries. The intimacy and tone of “22 (Over Soon)” is accompanied by angelic voices, then interrupted briefly with quivering glitches that cause one to stop, breathe and pay attention. The slight use of saxophone and slow-building keyboards give “8 (Circle)” an almost ambient blues kind of vibe, that grows on you after repeated plays. Bon Iver’s 22, A Million is a gift, one of the year’s most complexing albums, one that reveals itself slowly, with new discoveries with each listen.

Check out the full album on Soundcloud.

Dean Sven Carlson

About Dean Sven Carlson

Hey, I am Dean Sven Carlson, manager of music services at PlayNetwork. I have been in the music industry for over 25 years.

I got the music bug early, diving in as a DJ and music director for my high school radio station in Bellevue, WA. Being able to get promo record service and play new artists over the airways at 17 years old—I was hooked!

Not only did I have a successful 15-year radio career (I even launched my own syndicated show heard in over 25 countries), I immersed myself in the live music and festival world including WOMAD, Bumbershoot and the Decibel Festival.

I have been a music supervisor for 10 years and 4 of them right here at PlayNetwork and I love it! Fine-tuning playlists, helping brand partners find their perfect sound, reviewing what is new on the charts—there isn’t a moment when I don’t have the music on in my office.

I am inspired daily by the people I work with at PlayNetwork, either trying to come up with an innovative way to solve a problem, kicking around ideas for a new branded playlist, or just talking about a new artist that everyone is buzzing about. I work with some of the coolest people on the planet.

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