The National’s Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver have announced their collaborative debut album Big Red Machine. The album is set to be released on August 31st and will include 10 tracks. See the tracklist and album artwork below. It will be available on all streaming platforms, vinyl, cassette, CD’s and PEOPLE, the streaming platform created by Vernon and Dessner. The platform currently includes music from Sufjan Stevens, Polica, This is The Kit, Matt Berninger, and Doveman. According to Pitchfork, “the album will include the four songs that Vernon and Dressner released last month (“Forest Green,” “Lyla,” “Gratitude,” and “Hymnostic”).” A music festival under the same name will also occur in August with Feist, Channy Leaneagh (Polica), Justin Vernon, the Dessner brothers and Jenny Lewis set to play.
The new album has been in development for two years and in a press release, it was subsequently produced by Justin and Aaron with longtime collaborator, Brad Cook, and recorded and mixed by Jonathan Low. Dessner also stated “I don’t think the record would exist without the community that came together to make it.” He continues to say “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.” Each song on Big Red Machine will include many contributors from the PEOPLE collective.