New Music from Kathleen Edwards & Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver)
Two of our favorites here at WERS, Kathleen Edwards and Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver fame) seem to have been hard at work over the past several months, piecing together Edwards’ follow-up to 2008′s Asking For Flowers. The forthcoming LP, titled Voyageur (produced by Vernon) won’t be until out after the New Year, but look for a new 7″ out on Zöe/Rounder.
Edwards explains the motivation behind the new single,
“In the summer of 2010 I was asked to participate in the National Parks Project, a Canadian creative collaboration celebrating the centennial of the establishment of our National Parks.
I opted for Wapusk, a remote and barren spot located in northern Manitoba, where many polar bears spend their summers denning and resting on the banks of Hudson Bay. Years since my canoe tripping summers, I found myself returning to my teenage sense of wonderment and joy being in the wilderness. I left with a new sense of myself, basking in the feeling of something I left behind and found again.
I wrote a song there.
A week later I was in Wisconsin, freshly sunburned and armed with new material. Justin Vernon set up some microphones and handed me his nylon string guitar. We recorded “Wapusk”. Unknowingly, it marked the first of many months spent in the studio together.
The second track is from my upcoming full length album. It’s a road ditty. It might make you drive faster, you’ve been warned.”
Find the Wapusk 7” at record store near you on September 27th. In the meantime, check out the new tracks below.
& the B-Side “Change The Sheets”