Introducing: Volcano Choir

Photo by Cameron Wittig

Photo by Cameron Wittig

Milwaukee’s Collections of Colonies of Bees have long been making a name for themselves in their hometown, while creating a strong following overseas in Japan. Introducing Volcano Choir (Justin Vernon + Coco Bees) might give the rest of the world a little more familiarization with what Milwaukee and Japan already knows is a good thing.

Although the official album Unmap won’t come to fruition until Fall, Jagjaguwar Records is already busy building it up and making sure fans can easily navigate their way to absorb the latest collaboration between Vernon and his Milwaukee friends. Expect the sound of experimentation. Here’s what the label has to say:

“Volcano Choir is the assembly of Wisconsinites Jon Mueller, Chris Rosenau, Jim Schoenecker, Daniel Spack, Justin Vernon and Thomas Wincek.

“One might find these old friends also frequenting records and stages under the monikers Collections of Colonies of Bees and Bon Iver. The Volcano Choir collaboration predates the meteoric rise of Justin Vernon’s Bon Iver project, with original songwriting dating back to the summer of 2005 — right around the time the Bees first toured with Vernon’s previous band DeYarmond Edison.

“Jagjaguwar will release the first project by Volcano Choir, Unmap, on September 22nd (21st in the UK), worldwide.”

Track listing for Unmap:

1. Husks and Shells

2. Seeplymouth

3. Island, IS

4. Dote

5. And Gather

6. Mbira in the Morass

7. Cool Knowledge

8. Still

9. Youlogy


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