Daily Distraction: Listen to a new collab with Justin Vernon, Fleet Foxes, Anais Mitchell

'Phoenix' is off the forthcoming sophomore album from Big Red Machine

Joel Oliphint
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Anais Mitchell

Big Red Machine is a collaboration from Aaron Dessner of the National and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, which, by the sound of the band's forthcoming album, the two have shaped into a band catering precisely to my tastes. 

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I've long been a fan of Anais Mitchell (Hadestown was my favorite album of 2010), and she figures prominently on two early tracks off forthcoming Big Red record How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last?: "Latter Days," a sepia-toned meditation on nostalgia, and "Phoenix," the newest single that finds Mitchell, Dessner and Vernon teaming up with Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold, who manages to add verses that are just as catchy as the chorus.

"It was a high, high honor to work on this song, and beyond that it was a really interesting creative challenge,” Pecknold said in a statement. “Justin’s vocals and the beautiful chorus were already in place before I got my hands on it, so I felt my job melodically and lyrically was to set his entrance up in the best possible way. I felt like a pilgrim putting questions to an elusive sage, not needing clear answers, but happy for the chance to ask.”

There's also a singer named Taylor Swift who contributes to Big Red Machine's sophomore album, which releases on Aug. 27. Listen to "Phoenix" below.