The Holocene is the name of the time period that spans from 11,700 years ago to the present. That is, everything that has happened since the Ice Age. The movements and creations of humanity included. It’s a big concept, and — like this cover of Bon Iver’s moving song — one that warrants rounds of thought and re-exploration.
Paula Boggs Band reopens the song with a banjo and Paula Boggs’ folky, bluesy voice. Instead of Bon Iver’s ethereal blends, these musicians ground their version in the body. Boggs’ voice is raw and at the forefront, and in the clip, people stretch and bend amidst trees. In her imagining, the song is opened up and raw, whereas the original is deeper and to be sifted through. It’s a successful cover that shifts genre as though it’s effortless.
The natural world is always present in the clip for “Holocene”, but the focus is on the slowed down movements of the dancers and the creation of the music. Again, Paula Boggs Band brings an openness to the art. Nothing is hidden, but everything is delicate and filled with intention.
“Holocene” comes from Paula Boggs Band’s third album, Elixir – The Soulgrass Sessions, which was released on September 15th, 2017. To hear more from Paula Boggs Band, you can check out the website, Facebook page, and SoundCloud. You can also follow the band on Twitter.