Big Red Machine have announced the second album from Aaron Dessner’s (The National) ever-morphing project with Justin Vernon ( Bon Iver). How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? was produced by Dessner at his Long Pond studio in upstate New York and, over the course of 15 songs, celebrates his unique creative partnership with Vernon. The album will be released August 27th via 37d03d/Jagjaguwar.
Aaron Dessner has consistently sought an emotional outlet and deep human connection through music — be it as a primary songwriter in The National, a founder and architect of beloved, collaboration-driven music festivals, or collaborator of two acclaimed and chart-topping Taylor Swift albums recorded in complete pandemic-era isolation at Long Pond, among many other projects.
On How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?, many of Dessner’s previous collaborators and friends show up for him here, continuing the reciprocal exchange of ideas that has come to define his creative community. Songs feature guest vocals and writing contributions from artist friends including Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold (“Phoenix”), Ben Howard and This Is The Kit (“June’s a River”), Naeem (“Easy to Sabotage’), Sharon Van Etten, Lisa Hannigan and My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Nova (“Hutch,” a tune inspired by Dessner’s late friend, Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison) and Swift herself (“Birch” and “Renegade”; the latter was recorded in Los Angeles at the Kitty Committee studio in March 2021, the same week Swift and Dessner took home the GRAMMY for Album of the Year for “folklore”) His brother Bryce Dessner provided orchestration.
“The Ghost of Cincinnati” is a great simple track from the record featuring the soft spoken Dessner on guitar. It should get you primed for what is shaping up to be a great record.