Today, Bon Iver have issued a digital re-release of their triumphant, self-titled, second album. As we mentioned before, instead of piling on bonus tracks and outtakes, the band have decided to enhance Bon Iver, Bon Iver as an experience by providing a visual accompaniment for each of the album’s 10 tracks. Yesterday we saw the sun-soaked clip for “Hinnom, TX”, and now, the band have uploaded all 10 visuals on YouTube. Watch our favorite clip, for album closer and Bon Iver’s most divisive track, “Beth/Rest”:
BON IVER – “Beth/Rest”
Here is what PMA’s own Chris Barth has to say about “Beth/Rest”:
A quick Twitter search reveals just how two-sided the debate on “Beth/Rest” can be, with the song being crowned everything from career-best to album-ruining. Armed only with a synthesizer, vocoder, and some celestial guitars, Vernon crafts a song that evokes the 1980s, but with a sincerity missing from most ironic homages. The fact that he is able to evoke true emotion and joy from a set of sonics long plundered and left for empty is testament to his talent as a songwriter and courage as a man already stripped naked and unashamed. He’s given us Bon Iver at its most raw and, now, at its most processed. This song has done nothing but grow on me.
If you’re still not sold on the song (which we believe is one of the best 2011 has seen), listen to the solo piano version.
You can purchase the Deluxe Edition of Bon Iver, Bon Iver here. Or you can purchase just the video accompaniments for $4 here. If you haven’t already, read our review of the album. Watch all 10 visuals by clicking here.