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Published: 2012/03/24

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon Announces First Release on His New Label, Chigliak

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon has announced the first release on his new Jagjaguwar imprint, Chigliak. The label will make reissue the 2003 album, It’s All Aquatic, from Eau Claire, Wisconsin band Amateur Love on May 22. According to the release, the reissue will be offered in both digital and vinyl formats, with a bonus download of the band’s previously unreleased Ev Sessions from 2004. As Vernon states:

It’s a difficult task to write about Amateur Love. The band was the singular catalyst in founding Chigliak. What Amateur Love means to the history of Eau Claire music is representative of everything we set out to illuminate with this record label. Our goal is to release records that hold weight in people’s hearts. For us, it’s notable to point out that one person’s favorite record of all time may have only existed in bedrooms that were within 100 miles of each other.

What you have here is Amateur Love’s one and only full-length, initially only released on CD, now re-issued as a 12” vinyl LP. Included is special download of unreleased recordings that I have come to know as the Ev Sessions; recorded by Ev Olcott, the great master of Minneapolis studio magic and former member of 12Rods and Halloween, Alaska. Ev produced these sessions after the release of It’s All Aquatic sometime in 2004. These sessions are considered ‘un-finished’ by the band but stand as a fantastic ‘what could have been’ document.

You can stream album track “Con/A Sewer/Cat” below.

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