NEW ALBUM: BIG RED MACHINE | HOW LONG DO YOU THINK IT'S GONNA LAST
Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (The National) have released their second album as Big Red Machine, "How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?" via their own 37d03d label. Produced by Dessner at his Long Pond studio in upstate New York, the album features collaborations with Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, Sharon Van Etten and Taylor Swift, among others. It’s Anaïs Mitchell who’s featured on lovely lead single and album opener “Latter Days,” out now. Written and performed by Vernon, Dessner and Mitchell, and recorded during early Long Pond sessions, "How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?" is undeniably led by Dessner, whose need for self-expression is by and large the guiding principle across the bulk of the album, from the slow burn reminiscence of opener “Latter Days” to the delicate balladry of closer ”New Auburn.” Vernon’s contribution here is not negligible. In addition to being one of the principal vocalists–with remarkable performances on “Reese” and “Birch,” his songwriting peeks through the more experimental cuts on the album, injecting a welcome dose of unpredictability on tracks; like ”Hoping Then” and ”Easy to Sabotage.” "How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?" follows Big Red Machine’s self-titled full-length debut, which Paste ranked among the best records of 2018.