You've seen these collaborators together before, just not like this. First thing Friday (July 2), Big Red Machine -- the indie-folk duo of The National's Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon -- released the brand-new song "Renegade," featuring Taylor Swift.
This trio has teamed up before, with Dessner co-writing and co-producing the bulk of the songs on Swift's blockbuster 2020 albums Folklore and Evermore and Vernon featured on and co-writing Folklore's "Exile" and Evermore's title track. This time around, Swift is playing in their sandbox, joining Big Red Machine for one of three songs released this week from their second full-length album, How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last?, due Aug. 27.
The surprisingly upbeat "Renegade" was recorded at Kitty Committee Studio (aka Swift's Los Angeles home studio) in March, the same week Swift and Dessner won the album of the year Grammy for Folklore. Swift is also featured on the yet-unreleased track "Birch" from the August album.