Justin Vernon participated in the early iteration of what we now know as the “Holocene” of Bon Iver. Titled “Hazelton”, it appears on the upcoming mega-box from his former band DeYarmond Edison. Stream “Hazelton” and its accompanying “track liner” below.
Originally recorded between June 2005 and May 2006, “Hazelton” and “liner” were solo efforts that old school Vernon burned to CD-Rs for his third solo album, Nut. They are some of the earliest recordings that have become part of Bon Iver’s biggest discography, showing how unquestionably Vernon was Vernon from day one. It’s gritty and a little gritty, with Vernon’s delightful rasp voice moving up and down the volume range.
The DIY album eventually contributed to DeYarmond Edison’s breakup. The band played their final show no more than a month after their release, with Bon Iver and Megafaun (the band formed by brothers Brad and Phil Cook) dropping their debut albums less than a year later. “Holocene” later appeared on Bon Iver’s self-titled 2011 album.
Nut is one of the LPs included in the mega band squeeze out Set coming out on 18th August at Jagjaguwar. It contains 83 tracks of DeYarmond Edison deep cuts dating back to 1998, spanning five LPs and four CDs. The collection, which includes many previously unheard tracks, is paired with a 60,000-word biography from journalist and executive producer Grayson Haver Currin. Pre-orders are ongoing.
Until then, you can watch Vernon on stage as Bon Iver this summer. Find tickets here.