Justin Vernon has revealed that he is "winding down" from any Bon Iver activity.
Returning with their second, self-titled album last year, Bon Iver threw themselves into a lengthy period of touring. Recently kicking off a remix project, the group have been tireless in their attempts to bring their music to fans. Now it seems that Bon Iver are reaching the point of exhaustion.
Speaking on Minnesota Public Radio station 89.3 The Current's Local Show (via Pitchfork) songwriter Justin Vernon explained that he was "winding down" from any new activity. "Winding it down. I look at it like a faucet. I have to turn it off and walk away from it because so much of how that music comes together is subconscious or discovering" he said.
"There’s so much attention on the band, it can be distracting at times. I really feel the need to walk away from it while I still care about it. And then if I come back to it – if at all – I'll feel better about it and be renewed or something to do that".
The statements sparked a wave of speculation online, but it should be point out that this is exactly what Justin Vernon did after the first Bon Iver album. Retreating to work with friends, the songwriter released new music with Gayngs, Volcano Choir and more - seeming to return rejuvenated from the process.
Let's allow Jagjaguwar the final word: "They are just going off cycle after two very busy years on this record."