Big Red Machine, the project of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and The National's Aaron Dessner, have announced their second album How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? with new Anaïs Mitchell collaboration "Latter Days".
After teasing their return with multiple clips on social media, Big Red Machine have released the lead outing from their second album, "Latter Days", which features vocals from Anaïs Mitchell and Vernon.
Dessner says of the song, "It was clear to Anaïs that the early sketch Justin and I made of "Latter Days" was about childhood, or loss of innocence and nostalgia for a time before you’ve grown into adulthood - before you’ve hurt people or lost people and made mistakes. She defined the whole record when she sang that, as these same themes kept appearing again and again."
How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? will follow the duo's 2018 self-titled debut album, and will feature a star-studded list of collaborators, including Taylor Swift, Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, Sharon Van Etten, This Is The Kit, Naeem and more.
The album, recorded at Long Pond and Sonic Ranch studios, includes one song inspired by the late Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit called "Hutch", which will feature Van Etten, Lisa Hannigan and My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Nova.
Dessner - who will contribute lead vocals on three of the songs for the first time - says of the album, "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. 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."