Big Red Machine, aka Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon, have shared a new song from their upcoming guest-filled album, How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?. It’s called ‘Renegade’ and it’s one of two collaborations with Taylor Swift, who Dessner and Vernon both worked with on her own albums folklore and evermore. The track was recorded in Los Angeles the same week that Swift and Dessner won the Grammy for Album of the Year and features contributions from Bryce Dessner and Jason Treuting. Check out a Michael Brown-directed video for ‘Renegade’ below.
Aaron Dessner said in a statement about the new song:
While we were making folklore and evermore last year, Taylor and I sometimes talked about experimenting and writing songs together some day for Big Red Machine. Making music with your friends just to make it—that’s how Big Red Machine started and has grown—and that’s how Renegade came about too. This song was something we wrote after we finished evermore and it dawned on us that this was a BRM song. Taylor’s words hit me so hard when I heard her first voice memo and still do, every time. Justin lifted the song further into the heavens, and my brother [Bryce Dessner]’s strings and drummer Jason Treuting add so much. The feeling and sound of this song feel very much at the heart of How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? I’m so grateful to Taylor for continuing to share her incredible talent with me and that we are still finding excuses to make music together.
How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?, which arrives August 27, also includes guest contributions from Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, Sharon Van Etten, and more. Earlier this week, Big Red Machine unveiled the lead single ‘Latter Days’ featuring Anaïs Mitchell as well as ‘The Ghost of Cincinnati’.