Next month sees the debut of Justin Vernon’s (Bon Iver) collaboration with his Wisconsin brethren Collections of Colonies of Bees on their upcoming joint side-project Volcano Choir (out September 22 via Jagjaguwar). We’ll be discussing the fruits of their labor, the LP Unmap, later this month.
Vernon, who seemingly appeared out of nowhere in late ’07 with his (then) self-released debut under the Bon Iver moniker, For Emma, Forever Ago, is no stranger to collaboration. Just prior to the recording of Emma, Vernon left his adopted home of North Carolina where he had been part of DeYarmond Edison (who after Vernon’s departure re-configured, forming Megafaun) for his native Wisconsin. There is a good bit of DeYarmond Edison floating around out there in the Internet ether, but the group’s sophomore effort, the Silent Signs LP from 2005, is the easiest to track down (read: commercially available). Further listening: fans of either Bon Iver or Megafaun should track down their, unreleased, five song EP.