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Taylor Swift joins Big Red Machine on new song "Renegade"

02 July 2021, 10:01 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Big Red Machine have released new Taylor Swift collaboration "Renegade" as the third preview of their upcoming second album How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?.

Following the release of lead single "Latter Days" with Anaïs Mitchell and "The Ghost of Cincinnati" earlier this week, Big Red Machine have unveiled their first of two new Taylor Swift collaborations "Renegade".

The song was first previewed by Justin Vernon back in April during an Instagram Live.

Aaron Dessner says of the track, "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."

The song was recorded at LA's Kitty Committee studio in March 2021, and marks Vernon and Dessner's first collaboration with Swift since they both worked on her 2020 albums Evermore and Folklore.

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 another song with Swift, Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, Sharon Van Etten, This Is The Kit, Naeem and more.

"Renegade" featuring Taylor Swift is out now. Big Red Machine's How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last? album will arrive 27 August via Jagjaguwar/37d03d, and is available to pre-order now.
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