"Fall Creek Boys Choir"

It's a match made in hipster heaven: The acclaimed electronica auteur teams up with the demigod of the beardy set. The result is gorgeous. On their first collaboration, James Blake and Bon Iver dip a stately gospel-soul ballad in Auto-Tune and that analog-tape-running-backward sucking sound. (And that barking noise is actually a Cuíca drum.) You can't make heads or tails of Justin Vernon's lyrics, which may be a good thing given his usual poetastery. But meaning doesn't matter here—this is beauty for beauty's sake.

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From The Archives Issue 1139: September 15, 2011