Unmap ~ CD ~ Volcano Choir
Volcano Choir is an assembly of Wisconsinites: Jon Mueller, Chris Rosenau, Jim Schoenecker, Daniel Spack, Thomas Wincek &amp; Justin Vernon; old friends &amp; frequent collaborators. Justin Vernon is of course better known as the man behind Bon Iver, &amp; the critically acclaimed For Emma, Forever Ago album. The Unmap album is the debut full-length from what is effectively a collaboration between Vernon &amp; the &ldquo;other fellas&rdquo;, known as Collections Of Colonies Of Bees. Unmap predates the meteoric rise of Vernon&rsquo;s Bon Iver project, with original writing dating back to &rsquo;05. Unmap was recorded over a weekend late in &rsquo;08 at Justin &amp; Nate Vernon&rsquo;s recording studio in Wisconsin. With influences ranging from David Sylvian &amp; Steve Reich to Mahalia Jackson &amp; Tom Waits, it&rsquo;d be fair to say their chief influence is music itself &ndash; you can hear it in the care applied to each moment of Unmap. With the vibe of some intimate backwoods gospel plus a spirit of patience &amp; thoughtful repetition, the music Volcano Choir have captured on Unmap is as dynamic as it is lovely.