mp3: Bon Iver – “Calgary”

Download ‘Calgary‘, the first single taken from Bon Iver’s follow up to 2007’s For Emma Forever Ago, below.

Bon Iver is out June 21st on Jagjaguwar in America and June 20th via 4AD in the UK and Europe.

Today is the first taster:

Head on over to where you can stream the mp3, or enter your email address to receive the free download. Typically cryptic lyrics [via Bon Iver’s Youtube channel] and tour-dates printed below.

Announced this evening exclusively on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show, Bon Iver have confirmed their first UK and European tour dates since 2009. He will also be appearing on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” May 23rd – next Monday.

The UK physical format ‘Calgary’ will be released on July 4th on 12”. Exclusive to this release will be a cover of Bonnie Raitt – ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’.

For the shows, Justin Vernon will perform with an 8-piece band that includes many musicians who contributed to the new record. The touring band will consist of regular Bon Iver contributors Sean Carey (drums, piano), Mike Noyce (guitar) and Matt McCaughan (drums).

As well as Rob Moose on violin and guitar (Antony and the Johnsons, The National), Mike Lewis on bass (Andrew Bird, Happy Apple), and a horn section including Reginald Pace, Colin Stetson (Tom Waits, Arcade Fire), and C.J. Camerieri (Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens).

Tour tickets will go on sale Friday 20th May at 9AM.

An exclusive album bundle at will be available from 9AM on Wednesday 18th May.

Bon Iver will also be available for iTunes pre-order from today (USA Store Only)

Tour Dates:
19th – 02 Apollo, Manchester
20th – The Canal Theatre, Dublin
22nd – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
24th – Hammersmith HMV Apollo, London
26th – MCV, Utrcht
27th – AB, Brussels
29th – La Trianon, Paris
30th – E-Werk, Koln
1st – Columiahalle, Berlin
3rd – Sentrum Scene, Oslo
4th – Munchen Bryggeriet, Stockholm
5th – Falkoner, Copenhagen
6th – Docks, Hamburg
9th – O2 Academy, Birmingham
10th – O2 Academy, Leeds
11th – Colston Hall, Bristol

Bon Iver
Bon Iver
Written by Justin Vernon with Matthew McCaughan
Artwork by Gregory Euclide

don’t you cherish me to sleep
never keep your eyelids clipped
hold me for the pops and clicks
I was only for the father’s crib

hair, old, long along
your neck onto your shoulder blades
always keep that message taped
cross your breasts you won’t erase
I was only for your very space

hip, under nothing
propped up by your other one, face ‘way from the sun
just have to keep a dialogue
teach our bodies: haunt the cause
I was only trying to spell a loss

joy, it’s all founded
pincher with the skin inside
you pinned me with your black sphere eyes
you know that all the rope’s untied
I was only for to die beside

so itʼs storming on the lake
little waves our bodies break

there’s a fire going out,
but there’s really nothing to the south

swollen orange and light let through
your one piece swimmer stuck to you

sold, I’m Ever
open ears and open eyes
wake up to your starboard bride
who goes in and then stays inside
oh the demons come, they can subside

-James Godwin, May 16th, 2011

Copyright © 2011. James Godwin. All rights reserved.