Volcano Choir’s sophomore record, Repave
, was released by Jagjaguwar
on September 3rd. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver returns as lead vocalist.
I was disappointed by the band’s 2009 debut, Unmap, which felt more like a Bon Iver side project, made of fragments and sketches that promised greatnessand had some great momentsbut rarely delivered the kind of focused and resolved songs that I had hope for. I liked Unmap, but I wanted to love itand I didn’t.
Repave, though, is something different. If Unmap was the sound of a band finding its way, Repave is a band that has arrived, fully formed and full of joy. There’s an interesting story behind the making of Repave, which you can hear in this ten-minute documentary.