We recently brought you the news of the artist collective, helmed by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dressner (The National), called PEOPLE and with it their desire to change music. Now we have the first mixtape from the group as well as 2 new songs from Vernon and Dressner’s collaborative project Big Red Machine.
When first introducing the PEOPLE collective and their vision this statement was on their beta site. “We are a steadily growing group of artists, freely creating and sharing our work with each other and everyone. We call it PEOPLE.”
It was born of a wish to establish an independent and nurturing space in which to make work (generally around music) that is collaborative, spontaneous and expressive in nature and where all unnecessary distractions or obstacles that get in the way are removed. PEOPLE is for the benefit and development of the artists involved and just as importantly, for those who would like to access and enjoy the output. It is as much about the process of making work and showing all that openly, as the final outcome.”
The collective have now released their first proper work as a new 17-song mixtape. Mixtape 1 includes tracks from the PEOPLE digital platform, such as “Santa Agnes” (a collaboration among Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Justin Vernon, Ryan Olson, and others that was recorded at the 2016 PEOPLE residency in Berlin) and “Star Mouth” (featuring Vernon, Psymun, and more).
Plus ‘Deep Green’ and ‘I Won’t Run From It,’ two new songs by Big Red Machine that will appear on their forthcoming self-titled debut (out August 31).
Stream the mixtape below and find a statement on their upcoming festival below that.
“This August 12th to 20th we will come together in Berlin for a week-long residency. On the 18/19th August, the doors will open for two days of public performances, where we share our findings across 7 Stages of the Funkhaus. It’s about new material, collaborations, unique arrangements and dissolving borders.” the website states.
“There will be artists you have not heard before and ones you know every song of,” the PEOPLE website states. “There are no headliners or bands, sponsors or brands, billing or programming. It is brought to life by you and us.”