This past weekend I ran across someone’s blog that said they liked our blog for “all the wrong reasons,” inferring implying that we weren’t indie enough, and – by extension – too mainstream. And, maybe that’s true. I haven’t ever thought to write about anything than that to which I personally respond (whether positively or negatively, although it’s generally the former), and I think it would be disingenuous of me to post something simply because it could be popular or because no one else had before. To be fair, the person did say that we kept the kind of music blog that he or she would, but it was kind of backhanded. Either way, we appreciate that people are reading, and that people respond to what we write. And with that out of the way, let’s get back into my 1000 Minutes project.
To be entirely honest, I think this entire album could eventually end up on this list, but for now, I’ll start here. “Re: Stacks” was one of my earliest introductions to Bon Iver, and the song is sparse and crushing all at once. It deals with the isolation that affects each of us at different times, and concludes with the songwriter’s liberation from it. It’s so universal that everyone can take from it individually. If I had the appropriate words, I’d describe it further, but it’s impossible for me to add anything to it.
It’s hard for me to develop complete sentences to articulate my love for this song. Breathtaking. Most descriptions come out in fragment form – a single adjective. Surrounding. I never found out much about Chris James, but his vocal on this song is irrefutably stunning. Striking. Astonishing. It’s not often I feel limited verbally, but it’s nice to be reminded that there are things out there that can still render me so.