Bon Iver Enlists Jenny Lewis, Bruce Springsteen, and Jenn Wasner for New Single “AUATC”
Justin Vernon’s second single of the year will benefit Direct Relief and COVID frontline responders.
Four months after sharing the Kacy Hill–featuring acronymic single “PDLIF,” Bon Iver is back with reinforcements for their second track of 2020: “AUATC” (which stands for “Ate up all their cake”) arrived this afternoon with vocal contributions from Jenny Lewis and Jenn Wasner (who’s had a busy month between a new Wye Oak EP and her work on the new Madeline Kenney LP) with production credits for the band’s Justin Vernon as well as Jim E-Stacks and BJ Burton.
In lieu of the glitchy folktronica of its predecessor, “AUATC” recalls the roots rock of The Band, complete with a jaunty piano lining the chorus of voices (Bruce Springsteen also gets a vocals credit here). Hear the song below, and watch the video which features graceful moves from Randall Riley.
Additionally, the band has shared some words and links to support social justice and anti-capitalist causes. Read what they had to say:
Each and every person on earth deserves to live fully with dignity, equity, justice, and joy. Instead, our capitalistic societies have created a world that is most supportive of the wealthy and the elite, and the predatory corporations and policies that drive their disproportionate success.
The average person is cast aside and unheard; marginalized communities are further oppressed due to race, economic status, gender, sexual orientation, creed, criminal record, housing stability, education, ability, documentation status, and more. The pandemic further magnifies these grave inequities and this unchecked greed.
We must continue the fight to topple capitalism as we know it, and recognize our collective participation in its dominant institutions. Bon Iver acknowledges our own position within and use of capitalistic practices. It is with recognition of our privilege that we are fully committed to using our unique platform to challenge and change capitalism within our industry, and far beyond.
We must empower and embrace our vulnerable neighbors. We must fight racism and sexism and classism to build a stronger foundation for the home we all deserve. We must support the leaders and organizations working to change our world for the better. From providing safe and stable housing, to empowering women, to liberating incarcerated people, to celebrating art and music, to fighting climate change, these organizations work tirelessly to foster a world that celebrates our humanity on a local, national, and global level. Please explore, support, and take action: