Bon Iver Releases New Song 'Heavenly Father'

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Bon Iver's Justin Vernon

Back in March, it was revealed that the soundtrack to Zach Braff's new film, "Wish I Was Here," would feature artists including the Shins, the Head and the Heart, Paul Simon, and Coldplay's Chris Martin, who collaborated with Cat Power on the title track. On June 20, NPR premiered "Garden State" stars the Shins' contribution; today, the site announced "Heavenly Father," a new song from Bon Iver, a.k.a. Justin Vernon. It appears on the tracklist in addition to the ethereal "Holocene" off the Wisconsin songwriter's last album, 2011's "Bon Iver." 

"They were enjoying it and laughing, but at a certain point, they just got quiet," movie music supervisor Mary Ramos told NPR about the song. "When it was over, Justin [Vernon] started humming. We talked afterwards about the relationship between Zach's character and his brother [Josh Gad], and Justin and Nate talked a little about their father -- all the while Justin kept distractedly humming. Eventually, he sang out the words 'heavenly father.' Before I even left their house, Justin was recording the first version of the song in his downstairs studio. His inspiration was that immediate."

"Heavenly Father" features Bon Iver's signature falsetto-laden voice and stirring harmonies, but it's a little less soft-lit than his earlier material. "Bon Iver." Crisp snares punctuate a soothing background drone, and understated saxophones add a hint of warmth. Head over to NPR to listen to the song in full, and check out the "Wish I Was Here" tracklist below. 

1. "So Now What" - The Shins
2. "Broke Window" - Gary Jules
3. "The Mute" - Radical Face
4. "Cherry Wine (Live)" - Hozier
5. "Holocene" - Bon Iver
6. "The Shining" - Badly Drawn Boy
7. "Mexico" - Jump Little Children
8. "Wish I Was Here" - Cat Power & Coldplay
9. "Wait It Out" - Allie Moss
10. "The Obvious Child" - Paul Simon
11. "Breathe In (feat. Wafia)" - Japanese Wallpaper
12. "Heavenly Father" - Bon Iver
13. "Raven's Song" - Aaron Embry
14. "Mend" - The Weepies
15. "No One To Let You Down" - The Head and the Heart