I love Bon Iver, and apparently he’s playing at Latitude Festival this July along with a whole line-up of other incredible musicians – Explosions in the Sky are there, as are Elbow and Laura Marling – but I’m not sure I can quite justify the trip to Suffolk.
But I also know his second album was divisive, and never so much as in his Bruce Hornsby moment that closed it. People felt like he’d over-complicated his music and lost the sweet simplicity that had been there on his first album. There were reports of people leaving his hugely oversold concerts early.
If they’d heard this wonderful solo piano version of Beth/Rest, stripping it back to the heart of the song, then maybe they would have reconsidered.
And if not, they could always have given their tickets to me.