Bon Iver – Calgary

8 Dec 2012

The soulful composition by an American Grammy award-winning indie folk group, with self directed video.

The soulful composition Calgary by an American Grammy award-winning indie folk group is a blending of touchy lyrics and stunning visuals. It’s one of the band’s standout tracks evoking some haziness about the title. The title actually derived from a mid-western Canadian city located in the grassland region of Alberta. Justin Vernon the leader of the band states that Calgary is a metaphor, as he has never been there.

”It’s about what you don’t know. It’s a hopeful song, kind of like a wedding vow for someone you have never met. Having never been to Calgary, you tend to beautify it or put it into some form in your mind. When I think of Calgary, I think of an isolated capital city. I think about the Rockies. I think about high places. I’ve always sort of dreamt about it. So Calgary became this place that true love comes from.”, says Vernon.

The treatment for the video was written by Justin Vernon himself, which goes a long way toward explaining its gauzy dreaminess, not to mention its dreamy gauziness. It seems that there doesn’t exist any clues between the scenes each of which has a certain vibe of sadness. The high-lonsome vocals make the whole sad and moving picture even sadder making everybody rolling in the deep.

Bon Iver is a Grammy award-winning American folk band founded in 2007 by indie folk singer-songwriter Justin Vernon. In addition to Vernon the band includes Michael Noyce, Sean Carey and Matthew McCaughan. Vernon released Bon Iver’s debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago independently in July 2007.

Bon Iver won the 2012 Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album for their album Bon Iver, Bon Iver The name Bon Iver is derived from the French phrase bon hiver meaning “good winter”, taken from a greeting on Northern Exposure.