Justin Vernon, frontrunner of Bon Iver, has always been a man of nature. Since his melancholy debut, “For Emma, Forever Ago,” he has incorporated his environment into his tender, acoustic balladry.
From the ruins of heartbreak, forged in isolation, Bon Iver was born. In 2006, Justin Vernon, the principal member of the group, was in his mid-20s when his life seemingly fell apart. The woman he loved left him, his band split up and Vernon was bedridden for months when he fell ill with mononucleosis and a virulent liver infection – it was far from any “bon hiver.” He felt as if everything in his normal, happy life was lost, so he ran away from it all in a Thoreau-esque quarter-life crisis.