Photo by Andrew Bothwell
Its a good thing that what happens in Justin Vernons cabin only stays in Justin Vernons cabin for so long. First, there was the mysterious joint effort with James Blake, Fall Creek Boys Choir, that remained under inscrutable wraps before eventually winding up on Blakes Enough Thunder EP. Now, as The A.V. Club points out, Bon Ivers frontman has a new collaborative project that began this past weekend at that same den of rapturous aural iniquity in the woods of Eau Claire, WI. This time, his partner in crime is Minneapolis-based intellectual rapper Astronautalis, a.k.a. Andy Bothwell.
In an interview with City Pages, Bothwell said the two musicians came to the conclusion that they were hitting a creative break at the same time, which logically led them to April Base for a weekend of Bushmills and Irish Redbreast-fueled recording. With the talents of Bon Iver drummer S. Carey and producer Ryan Olson (Gayngs, Polica, Marijuana Deathsquads), Vernon and Bothwell laid down eight pieces of music and eight hours of freestyling, respectively. Despite the quality of this raw material, Astronautalis stresses that its not going to be what everyone thinks it is:
A lot of fans are like, Oh, this is going to be amazing: Astronautalis rapping and Justin singing choruses. Its not going to be that Everyones fans respectively are going to expect certain things I think everyone should abandon their expectations of what its going to be, because its probably going to be very far off.
Neither a name for the project nor a release date has been announced, although all the participants are hell-bent on getting it out really quickly. If youre looking for more hints and/or evidence of the recording process, check out Astronautalis Tumblr, where the rapper posted studio photographs from April Base. As always, well keep you posted as we get more information on this high-wattage collaboration.