Megafaun by Megafaun
Megafaun will release its next studio album on September 20. The self-titled album is the follow-up to Form & Fly and featuring 14 tracks that the group describes as ranging “from raw, unhurried rock and roll to cacophonous percussive blasts, from brassy instrumental free jazz to mournful delta blues.” The album was recorded at Justin Vernon’s home studio in Fall Creek, WI and self-produced with the help of BJ Burton. The members of Megafaun came of age playing jazz and jamband music with Vernon and eventually formed the band DeYarmond Edison together. After that band parted ways, Vernon formed Bon Iver and the rest of the group continued on as Megafaun.
In addition, Duke University recently commissioned Megafaun to create and perform “Sounds of the South,” a concert based on the rural folk songs collected by ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax during his early travels. As the band explains, “The trio re-imagined the music through their own brand of experimental Americana and collaborated with Richmond’s Fight the Big Bull avant-jazz ensemble, acclaimed songwriter Sharon Van Etten, and Vernon on the project, which was presented for three nights in Durham and again at Cincinnati’s MusicNOW Festival to raves.”