Justin Vernon set aside his Bruce Hornsby-channeling, synthesizer-driven studio take on the closing track to his new sophomore record, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, for NPR’s World Cafe recently, unplugging the tune with just a solo piano backing. The new version recalls his alternate version of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” we saw — and loved — earlier this year.
In addition to trading the keyboard for the ivories, Vernon varied his pitch more, alternating between his trademark falsetto and a breathy baritone. In short, this version is quite incredibly in its own right and well worth a couple spins. Check out below: