Big Red Machine have shared “Phoenix,” their new collaborative track with Fleet Foxes and Anaïs Mitchell.
Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner are gearing up for their new album as Big Red Machine. How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?, out on August 27th. The new tune follows previously released singles “The Ghost of Cincinnati,” “Latter Days (feat. Anaïs Mitchell),” and their Taylor Swift collab “Renegade.” “Phoenix,” on the other hand, is a sort of sun-kissed anthem.
“‘Phoenix’ was one of the last songs we wrote for this record,” Dessner explains. “I was thinking about The Band and the Grateful Dead… maybe imagining this Big Red Machine album was some version of The Last Waltz. Justin first heard it while driving and immediately the chorus melody came into his head. I shared the sketch with Robin Pecknold, who I’ve been a fan of forever and who I’d been dreaming would join us on this record. Robin wrote the verses and pre chorus as a kind of dialogue with Justin, recalling a conversation they once had backstage in Phoenix. Later Anaïs wrote words to the chorus and The Westerlies added their magic to the instrumental. JT Bates rumbles around in rare form on the drums on this song. I think it’s what I always imagined Big Red Machine would sound like.”
Listen to “Phoenix” below.
“It was a high, high honor to work on this song, and beyong that it was a really interesting creative challenge,” Pecknold adds. “Justin’s vocals and the beautiful chorus were already in place before I got my hands on it, so I felt my job melodically and lyrically was to set his entrance up in the best possible way. I felt like a pilgrim putting questions to an elusive sage, not needing clear answers, but happy for the chance to ask.”
Revisit the tracklist for How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? below.
How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? Tracklist:
01 – “Latter Days (feat. Anaïs Mitchell)”
02 – “Reese”
03 – “Phoenix (feat. Fleet Foxes & Anaïs Mitchell)”
04 – “Birch (feat. Taylor Swift)”
05 – “Renegade (feat. Taylor Swift)”
06 – “The Ghost Of Cincinnati”
07 – “Hoping Then”
08 – “Mimi (feat. Ilsey)”
09 – “Easy To Sabotage (feat. Naeem)”
10 – “Hutch (feat. Sharon Van Etten, Lisa Hannigan, & My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Nova)”
11 – “8:22am (feat. La Force)”
12 – “Magnolia”
13 – “June’s A River (feat. Ben Howard & This Is The Kit)”
14 – “Brycie”
Pre-order How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? on double red vinyl here.