What happens when you combine ambient midwestern folk with funky, soulful rhythms? Something like this 8 minute extended jam on Bon Iver‘s ‘Perth‘ featuring frontman Justin Vernon and the music of hip-hop collective The Roots. This adaptation turns the song on its head, adding groovy elements that put a fresh spin on Bon Iver’s signature sound. Vernon’s autotuned yet somehow still soulful vocals keep pace, shifting from familiar melodies to adapted vocal patterns to fit the shifting musical platform. The song rounds off with a blazing guitar solo that adds a little rock and roll flair into the genre melting pot. Fans rarely get to see musicians at their most unfiltered creative state, yet this improvised rendition allows a wonderful glimpse into that pure expression. Fans shouldn’t miss out on this unique opportunity to watch some truly great musicians from disparate genres jam together in the name of good music.
Check out The Airspace Review of The Roots’s most recent effort, undun, here.