Big Red Machine have teamed up with Anaïs Mitchell for their gorgeous new single, ‘Latter Days’.
Often when talents at the top of the same game team up, the proposition can be much more mouth-watering than the final result. After a decade in the works, Big Red Machine finally answered every hipster’s dreams by bringing the worlds of The National and Bon Iver together for their eponymous debut album in 2018.
Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon’s side-project delicately moulds these two behemoths of indie culture together. After the success of their debut, the duo are back for second helpings, and their heartbreaking new single, ‘Latter Days’, sees the pair recruit Anaïs Mitchell, whose vocals juxtapose with Vernon’s in luscious style.
The track contains smatterings of the folk-tinged sounds that dominated Bon Iver’s early work, as well as the electronica of Vernon’s more recent efforts. Dessner adds his magic touch by sprinkling in a handful of National-esque dread and creates a suffocating atmosphere that makes ‘Latter Days’ a striking listen.
Commenting on the new song, Dessner said: “It was clear to Anaïs that the early sketch Justin and I made of ‘Latter Days’ was about childhood, or loss of innocence and nostalgia for a time before you’ve grown into adulthood — before you’ve hurt people or lost people and made mistakes. She defined the whole record when she sang that, as these same themes kept appearing again and again.”
The duo’s second album, How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? will be arriving on 27th August via 37d03d. Unlike its predecessor, Big Red Machine’s sophomore album is full of collaborations including appearances from Taylor Swift, Fleet Foxes, Ben Howard, This Is The Kit, Sharon Van Etten, and more.
There’s intrinsic chemistry between Vernon and Dessner, who, through Big Red Machine, continue to show that occasionally supergroups can not only live up to lofty expectations but exceed them.