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Aaron Dessner & Justin Vernon’s Big Red Machine announce new album featuring collaborations with Taylor Swift, Lisa Hannigan, Fleet Foxes and more

Aaron Dessner & Justin Vernon’s Big Red Machine announce new album featuring collaborations with Taylor Swift, Lisa Hannigan, Fleet Foxes and more

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Big Red Machine, who are The National’s Aaron Dessner & Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon have just announced a followup to their 2018 debut album of the same name.

How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? is out on 27 August 2021 on the 37d03d (People) label and is teeming with collaborations from singers like Taylor Swift, Lisa Hannigan, Sharon Van Etten, Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, Anaïs Mitchell, Naeem (Spank Rock), Ben Howard and This Is The Kit, many of who are Dessner’s close and recent collaborators. It was recorded at Dessner’s at Long Pond studio in New York.

“This is all music I initially generated and feel emotionally connected to, but it has been very interesting to hear how different people relate to it. That’s what makes it special. With everyone that’s on this record, there’s an openness, a creative generosity and an emotional quality that connects it all together.”

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Dessner of course, produced Taylor Swift’s folklore album last year which Vernon featured on. Sharon Van Etten, Lisa Hannigan and My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Nova sing together on ‘Hutch’, a song inspired by Dessner’s late friend, Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison while ‘Renegade’, one of the two Taylor Swift songs on the record was recorded in Los Angeles at the Kitty Committee studio in March 2021, the same week Swift and Dessner took home the GRAMMY for Album of the Year. Aaron’s brother Bryce Dessner provided orchestration on the track.


Below, is ‘Latter Days’, featuring Anaïs Mitchell, the first of many previews to come from the 15 track album (tracklist below).

“It was clear to Anaïs that the early sketch Justin and I made of ‘Latter Days’ was about childhood, or loss of innocence and nostalgia for a time before you’ve grown into adulthood – before you’ve hurt people or lost people and made mistakes. She defined the whole record when she sang that, as these same themes kept appearing again and again,” 

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How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? tracklist:

  1. Latter Days (feat. Anaïs Mitchell)
  2. Reese
  3. Phoenix (feat. Fleet Foxes and Anaïs Mitchell)
  4. Birch (feat. Taylor Swift)
  5. Renegade (feat. Taylor Swift)
  6. The Ghost of Cincinnati
  7. Hoping Then
  8. Mimi (feat. Ilsey)
  9. Easy to Sabotage (feat. Naeem)
  10. Hutch (feat. Sharon Van Etten, Lisa Hannigan, and Shara Nova [My Brightest Diamond])
  11. 8:22am (feat. La Force)
  12. Magnolia
  13. June’s a River (feat. Ben Howard and This Is The Kit)
  14. Brycie
  15. New Auburn (feat. Anaïs Mitchell)