Bon Iver—real name Justin Vernon—has announced his upcoming LP i, i by releasing a pair of singles: “Faith” and “Jelmore.”
While “Jelmore” glitches and flutters with electronic warbles and subdued jazz brass sections, “Faith” stylistically aligns more closely with Vernon’s earlier work, like “Holocene” and “For Emma.” But instead of desolation, it radiates warm optimism.
Both tracks will appear on the new Bon Iver album, which is titled i, i. Vernon explained the record’s direction in a press release: “It feels like when you get through all this life, when the sun starts to set, and what happens is you start gaining perspective. And then you can put that perspective into more honest, generous work.”
The album’s title is up to individual interpretation, he added: “It can mean deciphering and bolstering one’s identity. It can be how important the self is and how unimportant the self is, how we’re all connected.”
i, i is Bon Iver’s fourth studio album, arriving three years after his 2016 Grammy-nominated effort 22, a Million. It’s set to contain collaborations with James Blake, The National’s Aaron Dessner, Moses Sumney and Bruce Hornsby. The album is due out August 30 via Jagjaguwar.
Stream the two new Bon Iver songs below.