Here’s an intriguing new musical project for you to check out: the self-titled debut album of Big Red Machine, the brainchild of Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (of The National).
The artistic collaboration has been a decade in the making: It all started with the deep cut “Big Red Machine,” a song Vernon and Aaron wrote for a 2009 music compilation titled Dark was the Night.
The songs on Big Red Machine, while produced by Vernon and Aaron, were recorded with many other collaborators, such as Lisa Hannigan, Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire, and Kate Stables of This is the Kit.
The LP went wide on all streaming services last Friday, accompanied by three spacey, colorful videos for the tracks “Gratitude,” “I Won’t Run From it” and “Forest Green.”
But tracks from the record had been quietly dropping for a few weeks before that via People, a new streaming platform founded by Vernon, Aaron, and the latter’s twin brother and fellow The National member Bryce. The platform, which the Dessners told the Guardian they consider an “artist-directed […] publishing platform,” was unveiled in June.
Find Big Red Machine on People here, and watch the three videos below: