In 2012 Bon Iver went on an extended break; however that extended break is starting to look a little more indefinite. In a recent interview with Grantland, Justin Vernon said that the only Bon Iver activity taking place in the near future will be a closing set at Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, which will be curated by Vernon and the National’s Aaron Dessner, which takes place in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Vernon’s hometown.
When asked about future Bon Iver plans, Vernon told Grantland, “As far as putting a record together, I don’t really know what’s happening. Our show is our main focus. We don’t have anything booked after this. We don’t have any plans. We’re not being secretive — we just don’t have any plans.”
In the interview Vernon also mentioned his slightly strained efforts when creating new Bon Iver material. “I’ve been taking it really slow. I don’t mean to get all cerebral about my art, but I’ve been trying to collect improvisations and collect moments. Like, real moments, [and] put them in a pot and serve them up…. I just think maybe I ran my course with being able to come up with new moments on the guitar.”
He did however remark on the possibility of fans hearing new songs, “We might play some new stuff. I don’t know, we’re going to figure it out.” It doesn’t sound very promising, but with no future tour or album dates in the works, it may be the only thing Bon Iver fans have to look forward to.
The Eaux Claires Festival takes place July 17th – 18th and also features The National, Sufjan Stevens, The Tallest Man on Earth, and more.