Justin Vernon sings hypnotically about love and fading memory on “715 – CR∑∑KS,” a highlight from the new Bon Iver LP, 22, A Million. The song’s stark lyric video strings together Vernon’s mysterious phrases (“Low moon don the yellow road/ I remember something/ That leaving wasn’t easing all the heaving in my vines”) on the blank pages of a word processor.
“715 – CR∑∑KS” showcases Vernon’s soulful vocal delivery, filtered through an experimental software program called “The Messina,” developed for 22, A Million by engineer Chris Messina. The ghostly track follows previous singles “22 (OVER S∞∞N),” “10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄” and “33 God.” Bon Iver debuted the full LP onstage during their headlining August set at Vernon’s own Eaux Claires Festival in Wisconsin.
“22, A Million is part love letter, part final resting place of two decades of searching for self-understanding like a religion. And the inner-resolution of maybe never finding that understanding,” the band said in a statement. “The album’s 10 poly-fi recordings are a collection of sacred moments, love’s torment and salvation, contexts of intense memories, signs that you can pin meaning onto or disregard as coincidence. If Bon Iver, Bon Iver built a habitat rooted in physical spaces, then 22, A Million is the letting go of that attachment to a place.”