What Makes Bon Iver Such A Good Band To "Chill" To?

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Bon Iver is a very chill band. They generally have a lot of acoustic-sounding music.

I don't know if I would call it folk as much as I would just call it good.

The point to take here, is that they aren't an insane metal band, but something you could probably put on in the background while having a decent conversation with a friend.

Going For Gold

I only just got into Bon Iver's newest album ("Bon Iver"), so I'll only be speaking from my experience with that album.

The thing that first stood out to me was the unique approach to the vocals. They seem to sing the vocals as in a "choir" kind of a style, but with that in mind, the vocals are very catchy; as if sung by one person with a really amazing voice (That can apparently sing entire mens choirs worth of vocals at the same time).

It's just a vocal doubling technique, but it's done in such a way that it creates a very unique effect, more than just thickening the vocals up.

From there, the integration of distortion bass, and double kick drumming is simply incredible. They do it in such a way that it doesn't distract from the soothing acoustic guitar sounds, but rather it adds impact and emotion. 

If you listen to the song "Perth", you can hear the double kick being played, but it fits perfectly. It isn't intense, yet it is intense at the same time.

All of that, combined with their amazing song structure (Not to mention album structure) makes Bon Iver one of those artists that should go in your "Gold" category.

You know the gold category, right? The untouchables? Artists like Tool, Radiohead, or Battles? Where everything they do is Gold and Timeless?

Yeah, Bon Iver can go in that category. They are really incredible, and not the type of band you would just "get sick of".

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