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Bon Iver Reveal Two New Tracks, Plot North American Tour

Band releases “Hey, Ma” and “U (Man Like),” directs fans to cryptic website

Bon Iver released the two new songs, “Hey, Ma” and “U (Man Like),” which they played over the PA system following their headlining set at All Points East in London this weekend.

The studio version of “Hey, Ma” arrives one year after the band premiered the track during their set at Bonnaroo 2018. The track boasts a characteristically serene mix of synths that drift along until they’re eventually buoyed by marching drums, which eventually fall away as the song floats towards the end. “Full time, you talk your money up,” frontman Justin Vernon sings during the chorus. “While it’s living in a coal mine/Tall time, to call your ma/Hey, Ma; hey, Ma.”

“U (Man Like),” meanwhile, is centered around a peppier piano part played by Bruce Hornsby. The track finds Vernon singing within a chorus of other voices that also includes Hornsby, Moses Sumney, Elsa Jensen and Jenn Wasner.

Bon Iver also announced a North American tour this fall. The run includes a handful of previously announced shows, which start August 31st in Missoula, Montana. The new dates kick off September 4th at the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City, Utah and wrap October 19th at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. Sharon Van Etten, Indigo Girls, Feist and Yo La Tengo will serve as support on select dates, while tickets go on sale June 7th at 10 a.m. local time.

Following their set at All Points East, Bon Iver also directed the audience to a cryptic website called icommai.com via the stage’s screen. The website leads viewers to a series of blog posts, the most recent of which lists a series of collaborators. These include Hornsby, Sumney, The National’s Bryce Dessner, Brad Cook and Psymun. The Hornsby reference may also indicate Justin Vernon’s recent collaboration with the singer-songwriter on a track called “Cast Off.”

Bon Iver’s last album, 22, A Million, dropped in 2016. More recently Vernon collaborated with Aaron Dessner on Big Red Machine, which released a self-titled album last year.

Bon Iver Tour Dates

August 31 – Missoula, MT @ KettleHouse Amphitheater (previously announced, with Indigo Girls)
September 2 – Vail, CO @ Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater (previously announced, with Sharon Van Etten)
September 3 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre (previously announced, with Sharon Van Etten)
September 4 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Maverik Center (with Sharon Van Etten)
September 6 – George, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre (previously announced, with Sharon Van Etten)
September 7 – Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum (with Sharon Van Etten)
September 10 – Portland, OR @ Theater of the Clouds (with Sharon Van Etten)
September 12 – San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center (with Sharon Van Etten)
September 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum (with Sharon Van Etten)
October 3 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center (with Feist)
October 4 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena (with Feist)
October 6 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena (with Feist)
October 8 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center (with Feist)
October 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center (with Feist)
October 11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center (with Yo La Tengo)
October 15 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden (with Feist)
October 17 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem (with Feist)
October 19 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena (with Feist)

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