First Listen: James Blake & Bon Iver - Fall Creek Boys Choir

This couple appear to be on an un-sinkable ship.

‘Fall Creek Boys Choir’ follows a few mysterious tweets, and is collaboration between 2011’s two poster boys. All very intriguing so far, but, lets face it, the dreamy falsetto vocals of Justin Vernon crossed with James Blake’s echoing brand of nightbus dubstep was never going to be dull.

Plodding faithfully alongside like an old friend, ‘Fall Creek Boys Choir’ is full of familiarity. Minimal skittering beats, electronic production and lots of empty space have Blake’s name stamped all over them. There are also the tell-tale hallmarks of Bon Iver; folk rooted vocals, and the soaring auto-tune.

This could easily be a remix from Bon Iver’s second album and seems to cement the belief that Justin Vernon has the rare ability to successfully work with anyone. ‘Fall Creek Boys Choir’ could just as easily be an extension of Blake’s folk-tinged efforts Lindisfarne I & II. The thing that works so beautifully about this particular collaboration is that the two different styles seem to work together almost effortlessly. These two were destined to come together eventually, like a slightly beardier version of Rose and her soul mate Jack. However unlike in the 1997 movie Titanic, this couple appear to be on a truly un-sinkable ship.

If the rumours of an EP in the pipeline are indeed true, this could shape up to be a beauty.

Tags: Bon Iver, James Blake, Reviews

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