Listen to the New, Old, Previously Cassette-Only Bon Iver Track, ‘Haven, Mass.’


The Eaux Claires Music & Arts festival, a Wisconsin music festival in the “2007 indie rock” genre, is predictably analog friendly. It’s run by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner, who, as far as we can tell, assume their ticketholders are analog boys and girls, too.

In a cute thank you to early bird ticket holders, they gifted a limited-edition cassette teasing the festival’s lineup, featuring songs from the likes of Bon Iver, Dessner, Bruce Hornsby, Jon Hopkins, Shabazz Palaces, Nathaniel Rateliff, Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry, Sarah Neufeld, Colin Stetson, My Brightest Diamond, William Tyler, Tenement, Buke and Gase.

Unless you were going to Eaux Claires, or have a friend who’s REALLY into The National, you’ve probably never heard some of the songs on the tape, including this Bon Iver track, “Haven, Mass.” Vernon says its from 2009. Or 2010. Whatever. It’s pretty and non-threatening. Your mom probably won’t mind you having it on when you’re in the car together.

Props to the gearhead fan who ripped the song from the cassette and uploaded it to YouTube (and for showing off his rig in the process).