For Emma, Forever Ago is the debut album from Wisconsin band Bon Iver. It was self-released in 2007 and received wider release on the Jagjaguwar label in February 2008 (and on the 4AD label in the UK in May 2008). The album was widely acclaimed, receiving spots on critics' end-of-the-year lists, as well as several awards. Following the break-up of his previous band DeYarmond Edison, Justin Vernon, suffering from mononucleosis, secluded himself in a cabin in Medford, Wisconsin for three months planning to "hibernate." Three months of solitude resulted in the creation of For Emma, Forever Ago. "All of his personal trouble, lack of perspective, heartache, longing, love, loss and guilt that had been stockpiled over the course of the past six years, was suddenly purged into the form of song." The record is entirely the creation of Justin Vernon; "despite its complexity, the record was created with nothing more than a few microphones and some aged recording equipment." Read more on Last.fm.
Released January 20th, 2009 Blood bank is Bon Iver's first EP, it was released after the band's first album For Emma, Forever Ago . The Band Explores much more instrumentation than previous works, including a stunning use of a vocoder and multi-track recorder on the song woods . Read more on Last.fm.
The name ‘Bon Iver’ is derived from the French for ‘good winter.’ The album was recorded in Justin Vernon’s home town of Eau Claire in Wisconsin, where the temperature rarely rises above freezing in winter. The Calgary Songfacts reports that Vernon told UK newspaper The Sun naming it Bon Iver shows he’s accepting winter is a big part of the album. Read more on Last.fm.