Bon Iver was founded in 2007 by indie folk singer-songwriter Justin Vernon.
Debut For Emma, Forever Ago (2008) was recorded while Vernon spent three months in a remote cabin in Wisconsin. A critics favourite, it received 5/5 and "Album of the Month" reviews in both Mojo and Uncut magazines. It was the seventh highest rated album of 2008 on review-aggregator site Metacritic, while Pitchfork Media gave the album 29th place in its "Top 200 Albums of 2000s".
An EP, Blood Bank, followed in 2009, The title track charting in the singles charts of several countries.
The second album, 2011's Bon Iver - an ambitious musical departure - wowed the critics again, being Pitchfork's album of the year. It also made the top five in the album charts in both the USA and UK. Bon Iver won the 2012 Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album.