Listen: Justin Vernon, Aaron and Bryce Dessner – Love More (Sharon Van Etten Cover)

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The track “Love More” gets at the spirit of the MusicNOW event and the compilation that documents its first 10 years. “Love More” is a contemporary song written by Sharon Van Etten. But here it is performed by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver, Volcano Choir) with backing by Aaron & Bryce Dessner, Colin Stetson, and members of the yMusic Ensemble. The fresh, collaborative magic encapsulated by this 2010 performance would resonate through the player’s activities in the years to follow. Colin and yMusic members Rob Moose and CJ Camerieri would go on to become core members of the Bon Iver live band which recorded 2011’s self-titled album that later won a Gramnmy for Best New Artist. Aaron would go on to produce Van Etten’s 2012 breakout release Tramp. Aaron & Vernon launched a larger, but still intimate Eaux Claires festival in Wisconsin in 2015, inspired largely by the example of Cincinnati’s MusicNOW.

From a small festival in Ohio, a world of creativity germinates and grows.

“Many of my most significant memories as a musician have taken place in Cincinnati during the MusicNOW Festival over the last 10 years,” says founder Bryce Dessner. “When we started, we were driven to create an intimate music festival that was as much a creative refuge for the artists as it is for the audience to partake in intimate and rare performances. We have celebrated works in progress and new commissions, new collaborations and detailed music of all kinds regardless of genre or popularity.”

The MusicNOW: 10 Years — a 17 track live compilation — was released digitally in 2015 just prior to the 10th edition of this eclectic music festival. It highlights festival-only surprises like Fleet Foxes’ leader Robin Pecknold playing the traditional song “Silver Dagger” for the first time, the debut performance of Grizzly Bear’s “While You Wait for the Others”, the premiere of Sufjan Stevens’ “The Owl & The Tanager”, as well as collaborations featuring Owen Pallett, Justin Vernon, Sharon van Etten, Tinariwen and Dirty Projectors.

Cover Art:

Artist: Justin Vernon, Aaron and Bryce Dessner
Title of Track: Love More (Sharon Van Etten Cover)
Release Date: March 09, 2015
Label: Brassland

1. Sounds of the South (feat. Justin Vernon & Sharon Van Etten) – Trials, Troubles, Tribulations 05:35
2. Robin Pecknold – Silver Dagger 03:43
3. Sufjan Stevens – The Owl And The Tanager 05:58
4. eighth blackbird – Omie Wise 03:10
5. My Brightest Diamond – I Have Never Loved Someone 04:24
6. Dirty Projectors – Emblem Of The World 04:36
7. Tinariwen – Imidiwan Ma Tenam 04:52
8. Tim Hecker – Chimeras (Live) 2011 05:31
9. Colin Stetson – Nobu Take 06:44
10. Owen Pallett – E Is For Estranged 05:19
11. Erik Friedlander – Airstream Envy 03:30
12. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Love Comes to Me 03:46
13. Richard Reed Parry – Duet for Heart and Breath (feat. Nadia Sirota) 05:06
14. Grizzly Bear – While You Wait For The Others 05:07
15. The Books (feat. Clogs) – Classy Penguin 04:34
16. Andrew Bird – Section 8 City 08:01
17. Justin Vernon (featuring Aaron & Bryce Dessner) – Love More 05:50


This year’s MusicNOW festival will take place on March 11-15. For the full schedule and more details visit



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