BIG RED MACHINE – ” Phoenix ” Feat Fleet Foxes & Anaïs Mitchell

Posted: August 22, 2021 in MUSIC

Aaron Dessner has consistently sought an emotional outlet and human connection through music — be it as a primary songwriter in The National, a founder and architect of music festivals, or collaborator on albums by Taylor Swift, among many other projects. This generous spirit and desire to push music forward has never been more deeply felt than on Big Red Machine’s “How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?“, the second album from Dessner’s ever morphing project with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. Songs feature guest vocals and writing contributions from artist friends including Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, Ben Howard and This Is The Kit, NaeemSharon Van Etten, Lisa Hannigan and My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Nova, and Swift herself.

Says Dessner: “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.”

Releases August 27th, 2021

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