Last night, Bon Iver played London’s All Points East Festival. Aside from being a presumably great set, the big story that came out of it was the fact that he debuted two new tracks, titled “Hey Ma” and “U (Man Like)” to close things out. At the end, he posted up a website on the screen, http://icommai.com, which further hints that a full new album is on the way. The site features a bunch of compiled images and a list of musicians (such as Moses Sumney, Jenn Wasner, and Aaron Dessner) under a post titled “collaborators.” So far there haven’t been a direct announcement of a new album, but it’s fairly clear that that’s what’s going on here.
But setting aside all that semi-cryptic teasing, the news gets even better. To follow up on the live versions the new singles, the studio versions of both have now been released. The band, and label for that matter, have not explicitly shared the new tracks just yet (as of this writing). But both can now be found on the Bon Iver YouTube page as well as on Apple Music and Spotify. The new tracks follow up on the more soulful side of Bon Iver’s last album, 2016’s 22, A Million. They also feature a good bit of the collaborators listed on the new website.
So, although an official album announcement hasn’t been made, it’s likely to come any day now. In the meantime, it’s time to celebrate! New Bon Iver is always a good thing. And these new tracks do not disappoint, especially if you were all-in on the oddness (and slow jam side) of 22, A Million. Check out “Hey Ma” and “U (Man Like” right down below.