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Big Red Machine Share New Track Renegade Featuring Taylor Swift

Friday, 02 July 2021 Written by Laura Johnson

Photo: Graham Tolbert 

Big Red Machine have shared a new track featuring Taylor Swift.

Renegade serves as the third preview of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner of the National's second album under the collaborative moniker. They've already unveiled Latter Days featuring Vernon and Anaïs Mitchell, and the Dessner-led The Ghost of Cincinnati.

The follow-up to their 2018 self-titled debut is called 'How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last?' and is due out on August 27 through Jagjaguwar/37d03d.

Renegade finds the pop singer delivering candid lyrics atop a genre-blending backdrop of strings, finger-picked guitar and layered vocals. It was recorded in March at the Kitty Committee studio in Los Angeles, the same week that Swift and Dessner were awarded the Grammy for Album of the Year for 'folklore'. He said:

“While we were making folklore and evermore last year, Taylor and I sometimes talked about experimenting and writing songs together some day for Big Red Machine. Making music with your friends just to make it -- that's how Big Red Machine started and has grown -- and that's how Renegade came about too. This song was something we wrote after we finished evermore and it dawned on us that this was a BRM song. Taylor's words hit me so hard when I heard her first voice memo and still do, every time. Justin lifted the song further into the heavens, and my brother [Bryce Dessner]'s strings and drummer Jason Treuting add so much. The feeling and sound of this song feel very much at the heart of How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last? I'm so grateful to Taylor for continuing to share her incredible talent with me and that we are still finding excuses to make music together.”

Bon Iver will hit the road this autumn for their rescheduled UK and European tour, with continental dates also confirmed for August. The National, meanwhile, have rescheduled Irish shows scheduled for summer 2022.

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