What unreconstructed emo boys are we: As Bon Iver, a mysterious young beardo holed up in a cabin with an acoustic guitar and a broken heart, Justin Vernon held us in the palm of his trembling hand. Now — reporting on we’re not sure what, from a studio, with his wizardly sound-collage friends Collections of Colonies of Bees — he’s Volcano Choir, and we’re back in his thrall. “Island, IS” is a double dose of headphone music: His ecstasy-skirting vocals combine with a dizzingly layered backdrop, and the tension between the two is exquisite. No indie rocker can touch him right now.
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