Recorded in four different locations at varying times (from December 2006 through June 2008, in an assortment of apartments, roads, hunting lodges, and studios), Blood Bank‘s A-side (“Blood Bank”, “Beach Baby”) is considerably less jarring than its second half, although neither feels unprecedented– while Vernon wrote these songs to be played with a band (unlike on For Emma, Vernon’s got two steady backers here), the EP is still imbued with all the intimacy and desperation that made For Emma so beloved.
Blood Bank certainly dispels concerns that Vernon’s accomplishment was somehow environmental– that For Emma‘s poetic circumstances, and not its contents, were responsible for its success. Blood Bank is still a wintry record– there’s snow on the cover, and lyrics about snow, and, if you listen on vinyl, the metaphorical snow of hissing surface noise– but Bon Iver is hardly a seasonal taste. – Pitchfork
Tracklist: Blood Bank / Beach Baby / Babys / Woods