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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


The announcement arrives alongside a new track, Latter Days

Image: Graham Tolbert

Big Red Machine are back, with the announcement of their sophomore album! The ever-morphing musical project of Aaron Dessner’s (The National) and Justin Vernon, How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? was produced by Dessner at his Long Pond studio in upstate New York. The announcement arrives alongside a new track, Latter Days, which sees the duo team up with Anaïs Mitchell.

“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 and how different voices collide with it,” says Dessner, who for the first time also handles lead vocals on three tracks. “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.”

Due out this August, the record features a bevy of exciting collaborations, including two tracks with global-superstar, Taylor Swift. Dessner and Swift collaborated on the chart-toppers two critically acclaimed records folklore and evermore, with the former taking out Album of the Year at the 2020 GRAMMY Awards. Each record also featured a collaborations with Justin Vernon, marking the start of a thrilling creative relationship. Of the two tracks, Birch and Renegade, the latter was recorded in Los Angeles at the Kitty Committee studio whilst in town for the 2020 GRAMMY Awards

Other songs feature guest vocals and writing contributions from artist friends including Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold on Phoenix, Ben Howard and This Is The Kit on June’s a River, Naeem on Easy to Sabotage, Sharon Van Etten, and Lisa Hannigan and My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Nova on Hutch, a song inspired by Dessner’s late friend, Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison.

How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? is out August 27. Listen to Latter Days below.


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