Release date: June 2011
Bon Iver is the self-titled second studio album by American indie folk band Bon Iver, first released on June 20, 2011 in the UK through 4AD and the next day in the US through Jagjaguwar.
The album was recorded and mixed at April Base Studios, a remodeled veterinarian's clinic located in rural Fall Creek, Wisconsin. The main recording space is constructed over a defunct indoor pool attached to the clinic. "It's an unique space and destination; it's our home out here," says Vernon, who purchased the structure with his brother in late 2008 with the sole intention of converting it into his ideal recording studio. "It's been a wonderful freedom, working in a place we built. It's also only three miles from the house I grew up in, and just ten minutes from the bar where my parents met."
The creation of Bon Iver was a three-year process, and Vernon says the completion of the studio paralleled the completion of the album. "I was writing and recording in the windows of time snatched between tours in support of For Emma," he says. "When I finally came home to hunker down for a solid stretch there was a feeling of solid ground and an opportunity for liberation waiting in the space for me."
The album debuted at number 1 on the Norwegian Albums Chart and the Danish Albums Chart, and number 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart. It sold 104,000 copies in its first week in the United States. As of January 2012, the album has sold a total of 357,811 copies in the United States. It received very positive reviews from critics, some of which named it one of the best albums of 2011. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album at the 2012 ceremony, while the song "Holocene" was nominated for Song of the Year and Record of the Year.