Indie folk duo Big Red Machine have released the latest single from their upcoming second studio album How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? with the new track ‘Mimi’.
Featuring American singer-songwriter Ilsey Juber, ‘Mimi’ is a more poppy and driving indie-folk tune compared to previous singles like ‘Phoenix’ and ‘Latter Days‘. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, one half of the pair along with The National’s Aaron Dessner, takes on lead vocal duties once again, while Juber gets chorus duties. The M.O. for the project has been hypnotic pop filtered through an acoustic lens, and I can’t fault any of the material so far.
“I named this song Mimi for my youngest daughter,” Dessner explains. “I was thinking about how grateful I am for my children and how they light up even the darkest days. Justin, Ilsey and I wrote words and melodies to this in isolation and we decided to interweave them, like characters in a book, full of longing and gratitude. Later James Krivchenia came to visit and brought the song further to life with his drums. Musically I feel like maybe we were seeking the open air and road of a Tom Petty song, just accidentally in an odd meter. So grateful to Ilsey for joining this collaboration — it felt so natural and joyful.”
“This song is almost a mirror to the process of how we made it,” Juber adds. “Aaron, Justin and I wrote and recorded all of the parts separately. The lyrics of the chorus reflect a longing for closeness and connection, but that longing is made to feel safe and less pained next to Justin and Aaron’s lyrics which have this strong theme of gratitude. All of this to say, what could have been a lonely chorus was made hopeful, and what could have been a lonely process was made joyful in getting to work with these two wonderful people.”
Check out the video for ‘Mimi’ down below. How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? is set for an August 27 release. Take your bets now on whether it comes out before Donda.