Big Red Machine (Justin Vernon, Aaron Dessner) announce debut album
Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (The National) released a collaborative four-song EP as Big Red Machine along with the launch of their new music platform PEOPLE (it was since added to most other streaming services too), and today they’re announcing their debut full-length as Big Red Machine, which includes those four songs and six others. The album features contributions from Bryce Dessner, Phoebe Bridgers, Richard Reed Parry, Lisa Hannigan, Kate Stables, Brad Cook, and more. Here’s more background via press release:
In 2008, Aaron sent Justin an instrumental sketch of a song called “Big Red Machine” for the album, Dark Was the Night. This was before they had met in person. Justin wrote a song to it, interpreting the Big Red Machine title as a heart. 10 years of friendship and collaboration later, there are 10 more songs. Big Red Machine.
Aaron and Justin developed the material for Big Red Machine over the past two years as the foundation for improvised live sets at the Eaux Claires, Haven and Sounds from a Safe Harbour festivals in the summer of 2017, performing the song sketches with different collaborators each time. The record was subsequently produced by Justin and Aaron with longtime collaborator, Brad Cook, and recorded and mixed by Jonathan Low, primarily at Aaron’s studio Long Pond in Upper Hudson Valley, NY. Each song on Big Red Machineincludes a large number of contributors via the PEOPLE collective.
The album comes out August 31 via PEOPLE and Jagjaguwar, and you can pre-order it here. Tracklist and streams of the four previously-released songs below.
I Won’t Run from It