Today’s song is Bon Iver Holocene. The word Holocene refers to the present day epoch, and we’ve been in it for about 10,000 years. Does that have anything to do with this song? Who knows. But one can say that it has a perfectly timeless quality to it. The tempo is slow, but it’s thick with substance and meaning, even if it’s an illusive meaning – it’s still palpable. Just after 2 min the drums come in and add a bit of momentum, try to notice the snare and tom hits alternating within your stereo field. And then there are those lyrics, the most discernible in the whole song, that make you immediately want to sing along; “and at once I knew, I was not magnificent…”. Well Bon Iver, whether you are magnificent or not, this song surely is.
Bon Iver’s Holocene