Aaron Dessner of the National and Justin ‘Bon Iver’ Vernon have announced a new full-length under the Big Red Machine ‘banner’.
The 10 song, self-titled effort will be released on 31st August. Co-produced with Brad Cook and recorded and mixed by Jonathan Low, it stems from the duo’s improvised sets at Eaux Claires, Haven and Sounds from a Safe Harbour festivals last year.
With multiple collaborators promised, Dessner explains: “I don’t think the record would exist without the community that came together to make it. We took the music to a certain point, and then we reached out and sent it far and wide, inviting friends to contribute any and all ideas. We’ve viewed the record and the process from a community standpoint.
“We’re incredibly excited about it, as excited as we would be for any album we might make in another situation that’s more conventional. But this feels like something new—the process felt different and the outcome felt different.”
A physical release in partnership with Jagjaguwar is promised, as well as streaming via the usual services, and their own PEOPLE platform.
You can check out four tracks from the album – ‘Forest Green’, ‘Gratitude’, ‘Lyla’ and ‘Hymnostic’ – below.