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On this site we write about all kinds of music – rock, pop, electronic, folk, indie, heavy metal, rap, hip hop and more.

Bon Iver

Bon Iver is a great example of a modern musician who appeals to many. Justin Vernon’s rise to fame is one of Hollywood proportions; morphing from hermit folk singer to guest vocalist on a platinum selling hip-hop album in just over 2 years. This kind of crossover appeal is unlikely to be seen again for a long time, mainly due to the unique quality of Vernon’s falsetto and how it lends itself so well to soulful R’n'B. These events are partly why Vernon is unlikely to ever put out an album like ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ again. Mainly, however, it is because that album was weighted so heavily in Vernon’s personal life, with its back story being so well documented.

Diverse sounds

On the new self titled album intimacy and minimalism are replaced with a more rounded, grander setting populated by impeccable instrumentation and intricate arrangements. The sound, and the production of that sound are placed at the forefront on this album rather than leading with song writing and storytelling. The album altogether feels like a more collaborative effort, with Vernon enlisted the help of a wide array of musicians including experimental, virtuoso saxophonist, Colin Stetson (who has worked with Tom Waits, Arcade Fire and David Byrne amongst others). This allows the themes of the album to be fleshed out to a much greater extent, with more varied influences such as the ones on standout track ‘Michicant’. These factors are visibly informed by Vernon’s projects outside of Bon Iver.

Working with Kanye and Gayngs and the production processes involved with those undertakings must have informed Vernon when recording the tracks on this album. A track like West’s new single ‘Monster’ is so far removed from fragility of ‘For Emma…’ that it helps to contribute to a bolder, more adventurous soundscape throughout ‘Bon Iver’ (most ambitiously on the 80s imbued, auto-tuned closer, ‘Beth/Rest’). The fuzz bass used on ‘Minnesota, WI’ is a prime example of the touches that would have been completely out of place in the desolate setting of ‘For Emma…’, and yet are the driving force behind the new record which makes a statement about new music today. Read about new music on this site.


Music project for young people

We have a new project providing rehearsal and recording opportunities for young people in boroughs of London. The project offers local bands the chance to rehearse, record and promote themselves via an internet record label.

Additionally, a second strand to the project offers young people from the local area music technology tuition and the opportunity to record their own track, which will also be released via the internet. This project provides rehearsal space, a recording of their chosen single, and advice and mentoring from live performer and former musicians.

Each recording will be professionally mixed and released as an internet download, with any profits going to the bands themselves.

A new generation of composers

Music by more than 2,400 composers is represented in our collection. Information about their work, and how to obtain it, can be accessed through our collection database. We have links to more than 300 composer web pages and websites. 

Our initiative is to promote and distribute the work of young British composers. It exists to meet a need: for a rising generation of creators to receive support and wider recognition for the quality of their music – whether it’s for concertos or musicals.

We aim to represent a talented and important generation of composers by ensuring that scores, recordings and information about their work are accessible to as wide a range of performers, and hence audiences, as possible.


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