New Release: Big Red Machine – Big Red Machine

Big Red Machine, the collab between The National’s Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, are set to release their debut record on August 31st

Following the announcement of PEOPLE, a brand new listening platform and festival formed by the Dessner brothers and Vernon, four new Big Red Machine tracks came to light, prior to this exciting announcement of a full album

Take a listen to our fave of the new tracks, below…

In addition, here’s what Dessner has to say about the new record and project…

“I don’t think the record would exist without the community that came together to make it. We took the music to a certain point, and then we reached out and sent it far and wide, inviting friends to contribute any and all ideas. We’ve viewed the record and the process from a community standpoint. We’re incredibly excited about it, as excited as we would be for any album we might make in another situation that’s more conventional. But this feels like something new—the process felt different and the outcome felt different”

Vernon and the Dessner bros. have also recently announced a Berlin residency and PEOPLE festival – details below…

‘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 Funkhaus, built in the 1950’s, is the historic site of the radio and recording HQ of the former East German Republic. It’s a maze of studios of varying sizes and allows for an unrivalled sound quality in performance as well as a wide range of audience numbers. One of the aspects of this event is that no timetable will be communicated. The aim is to provide a situation where an audience member will not know what they are going to see until they sit down and the lights come up. With this arises the possibility to be genuinely surprised, moved, or opened up to something new. It liberates the artist and audience alike from preconception or expectation.

Building on these physical encounters, we want to create a place to evolve and share ideas around the year. That’s why we are in the process of building our own digital platform where the music from recordings, sessions and live events as well as visual art, podcasts and essays can find a home. For all the raw, the unpackaged, the experiments and the evolved ideas. Just like the gathering, this too is an artist-led, independent environment which uniquely offers the opportunity to the contributors to provide all the rich context to all their work that appears there. Everything is available for free, though the audience is invited to become contributing members from August on, when the platform officially launches during the PEOPLE gathering in Berlin.

This event will be free of sponsorship or any commercial interest. The artists do not receive any fees to be there and 100% of ticket costs go to covering the costs of staging it. Capacity will be around 5000.’