Bon Iver's Justin Vernon Starts New Label + Announces First Release

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Since 2010, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon has been working on creating a new label. Two years later, he is ready to launch Chigliak as a new imprint on his own Jagjaguwar, which he will curate. The label's first release comes as a reissue of 2003's It's All Aquatic, from indie/experimental band Amateur Love. The reissue has been in the planning stages since Vernon's initial conception of the label, and the band was actually "the singular catalyst in founding Chigliak." Vernon went on to tell Pitchfork the following:

[Amateur Love's] Josh Scott was the ambassador of my heart for many years. While both songwriters in Eau Claire, we were close friends and admired each other’s music. It was obvious to both of us, however, who the better writer was. Josh was writing songs that were both more mature and masterful than mine. His songs came from a perspective as snarly as Paul Westerberg, as enchanting as Neil Young, yet he wielded power as beguiling and unique as any songwriter I've ever heard. Nestling himself around Brad and Phil Cook (Megafaun) and Brian Moen (Peter Wolf Crier, Laarks and Shouting Matches), who stretched themselves outside their own comfort zones into those of un-tapped electronic pop, Amateur Love became one of the most enigmatic and electrifying bands I have ever known. With local-legend Jaime Hansen engineering, the band was caught at the rise to their peak of musical power on 'It's All Aquatic' in 2003.

The reissue is set for a May 22 release on digital and 12" vinyl, and will come with a download of the band's previously unreleased Ev Sessions, from 2004. Spin "Con/A Sewer/Cat," a track from the reissue, above and head to Pitchfork to check out album art and tracklisting.

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