LISTEN! Bon Iver makes a song for health workers

BONIVER – PDLIF (Please Don’t Live In Fear)

Bon Iver release an uplifting message of hope to the world today, with a brand new song supporting health workers on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic.

A shimmering, atmospheric piece of mood music, PDLIF is built around a sample from Visit Croatia, a recording by Manchester and London-based spoken word artist and saxophonist Angus Fairbairn – aka Alexander dePlume – that Vernon found immediately inspiring when he was introduced to it just a few weeks ago.

The recording is a collaboration between Justin Vernon and Kacy Hill (vocals), Joseph K Rainey, Sr (vocals), Eli Teplin (piano), Devin Hoffman (bass), Jim-E Stack (drum programming) and Rob Moose (string arrangements, piano), who all recorded their parts remotely, sending them back to Vernon’s April Base studio.

Vernon says that through the music, Bon Iver hope fans will join them in giving back, amplifying the good, and rallying around their global community. While ‘PDLIF’ was made in isolation, the track traveled from one collaborator to the next, serving as a reminder that though we’re apart, we’re never alone.

In an effort to provide essential medical items to those who need it most, the band is donating 100% of the song’s proceeds to Direct Relief, the humanitarian aid organisation coordinating with public health authorities, nonprofits and businesses to deliver personal protective equipment to responders across the world.

PDLIF marks Bon Iver’s first new studio release since last year and marks the start of a fifth ‘season’ following his four previous albums, beginning in 2007 with the worldwide phenomenon of For Emma, Forever Ago (winter) and continuing with Bon Iver (spring), 22, A Million (summer) and last year’s i, i (autumn).

Active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, Direct Relief’s mission is to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay. Learn more about their coronavirus response efforts here.

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All words by Tim Cooper

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