Today marks the release of How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?, the much anticipated sophomore release from Big Red Machine — the ever-evolving project from Aaron Dessner (The National) and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). The 15-song album features the contributions of luminaries from the duo’s creative community including Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes), Taylor Swift, Anaïs Mitchell, Ben Howard, This Is The Kit, Naeem, Ilsey, Sharon Van Etten, Lisa Hannigan, Shara Nova (My Brightest Diamond), The Westerlies and more. Stream or buy How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? HERE. For a deeper dive into the album, tune in today at 12 pm EST to an IG Live conversation between Big Red Machine and music journalist Steven Hyden on Aaron Dessner’s IG, followed by the premiere of the visualizer for “Birch (feat. Taylor Swift)”.
Over the course of the summer, the band has released videos for album tracks “Mimi (feat. Ilsey)”, “Phoenix” (feat. Fleet Foxes and Anaïs Mitchell)”, “Latter Days (feat. Anaïs Mitchell)”, “The Ghost of Cincinnati”, and “Renegade (feat. Taylor Swift)”. Earlier this month, Big Red Machine made an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert where they performed “Phoenix”(feat. Fleet Foxes and Anaïs Mitchell) and debuted album track “New Auburn” as a web exclusive.
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In a recent New York Times profile, Dessner explained the nature of Big Red Machine:
“To me it’s like a laboratory for experimentation and also a vehicle to collaborate with friends and try to grow,” Dessner said. “And also to just reconnect with the feeling of what it’s like when you first start playing music — what it’s like when you’re making stuff without really knowing what it is.
Big Red Machine’s latest release is both the product of that group effort, and the manifestation of Dessner’s musical vision, with Vernon stepping out of the spotlight. In the same profile, Vernon explains:
I wanted it to feel much more inclusive and representative of all the extracurricular energy that we’ve been putting in over the years, trying to make the music industry a little more communist or something,” he said. “And I got so tired of being lead singer guy, and I’m in another band. I was like, you’ve got so many connections. Let’s reach out and see what other people have feelings on these tracks. And I wanted to continue to support Aaron and honestly challenge him, frankly, to get out in front more. There are little bits and pieces that I show up and do on the record, and I obviously wrote some words and sang some tunes, but really, this is Aaron’s record.