Before I drill you down with the details, I just want to give you a preface: Blood Bank is one of my favourite EPs of all time. I feel that it marks a huge progression in Vernon’s songwriting and production, and it’s book-ended by some of the most compelling compositions he’s ever written. The title track is a masterful indie-folk track with a gritty overdriven edge, and ‘Woods’ is simply breathtaking – the way in which he layers harmonies and utilises Auto-Tune in such an emotive manner is pure genius. It’s really no wonder Kanye picked it out for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and I’m almost certain that it’ll go down as one of the most influential tracks of all time.
Anyway, the expanded Blood Bank EP will land on Friday March 27. Listen to the live version of the title track, recorded at a concert in Stockholm in 2018, below. It’s really fucking good.
Make sure to grab tickets to see Bon Iver on tour in Australia this June.