Justin Vernon has recorded a hip-hop-inspired album with rapper Astronautalis over a whiskey-fueled weekend.
City Pages reports that Vernon and the Minneapolis rapper spent a weekend in his Wisconsin studio with Bon Iver drummer Sean Carey and producer Ryan Olson (Marijuana Death Squads, Gayngs) to down three bottles of whiskey and record an album.
Astronautalis told the site, “There were several times during those three days where I couldn’t believe that a sound just fell perfectly into place. Often times you get one of those when you make a record, or two of those, over the course of weeks and weeks and weeks. This process was exhilarating, and it drove us further. We were originally going to be down there for a day.”
He posted photos on his Tumblr of the sessions with his “new band”, as well as a snap of a vial of blood “for Wayne”, which might be part of Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips’ Record Store Day project)
The rapper said he freestyled for eight hours over music but it won’t necessarily be a hip-hop album, nor contain rapped verses and Vernon-sung choruses.
Astronautalis also said the results will be heard “sooner than you think”, noting, “All of us are hell-bent on getting it out really quickly, and hopefully to find the time to play some shows for it as well.”