Big Red Machine, the collaborative project of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and The National's Aaron Dessner, release their new album, How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last?, later this month (pre-order on red vinyl), and they've just shared another new single, "Mimi." Like much of the rest of the album, it features some special guests: singer and songwriter Ilsey (aka Ilsey Juber, who's written and co-written songs for Major Lazer, Mark Ronson, Lykke Li, Miley Cyrus, and others), Aaron's brother Bryce Dessner, Big Thief’s James Krivchenia, Doveman (aka Thomas Bartlett), and Beirut’s Benjamin Lanz. Stream it below.
"I named this song Mimi for my youngest daughter," Aaron says. "I was thinking about how grateful I am for my children and how they light up even the darkest days. Justin, Ilsey and I wrote words and melodies to this in isolation and we decided to interweave them, like characters in a book, full of longing and gratitude. Later James Krivchenia came to visit and brought the song further to life with his drums. Musically I feel like maybe we were seeking the open air and road of a Tom Petty song, just accidentally in an odd meter. So grateful to Ilsey for joining this collaboration -- it felt so natural and joyful."