Long before he was winning GRAMMYs and collaborating with Jay-Z and Kanye under the moniker Bon Iver, Justin Vernon was collaborating with fellow Wisconsin indie rockers Collections of Colonies of Bees under the name Volcano Choir. Now after being on hiatus since their 2009 debut, Unmap, the experimental pop band has announced a new album set for a September release titled Repave. The first single, “Byegone,” was unveiled today (June 17). Listen below.

For those who are fans of Bon Iver’s quiet and haunting songs, Volcano Choir’s music will be right up your alley but with a much richer and louder sound. The music from 2009’s Unmap showcased Vernon’s unique vocal delivery juxtaposed with lush and textured post-rock a la Band of Horses and Gayngs.

Based on “Byegone,” Vernon and his friends in Bees have not skipped a beat in their four year absence.


Repave is scheduled to hit stores on September 3 via Jagjaguwar. Volcano Project will hit the road for a handful of dates immediately following the album’s release.

09.06.13 – Chicago, IL – Metro
09.07.13 – Indianapolis, IN – Vogue
09.08.13 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix
09 09.13 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
09.11.13 – Boston, MA – Paradise
09.12.13 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
09.14.13 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
09.27.13 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theater
09.28.13 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
10.18.13 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave.

— Bradford Hornsby, LIVE 105/San Francisco


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