Tag Archives: Aaron Dessner

Divus Julius presents…Big Red Machine

Life is what goes on between one Bon Iver album and another. Or, at least, this is what happens to Justin Vernon. His increasingly complicated relationship with fame and his ego have pushed the author of For Emma, Forever Ago towards unexplored terrains like those of Volcano Choir, The Shouting Matches and now Big Red Machine, a project that actually began years ago when doing a collaboration for a charity compilation together with his brother from another mother, Aaron Dessner from The National. Together they organise utopic festivals (Eaux Claires), create alternative models for the industry (the streaming portal PEOPLE) and they also write music, of course. They are surrounded by so many artist friends that it is surprising that the result of Big Red Machine, the album, is so spot on. It’s a dream crossover, a perfect fit of Dessner’s intimate epic and Bon Iver’s melancholic evocations, of Justin’s experimental laments and Aaron’s astounding progressions.  Music as an excuse, as a way and as a purpose.

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Productora de Pardals: This is the Kit

Mestre Bergman and his Productora de Pardals spent some days in Paris and the met a very interesting new music project. This is the Kit is the much beloved musical project of Kate Stables and whoever joins her. Born in England and based in Paris and Bristol. Kate sings, plays guitar, banjo, trumpet and percussion. Live shows range from a female duo with friend Rozi Plain to a psychedelia tinged electric five-piece. Her latest album ‘Bashed Out’ is produced by Aaron Dessner and released on Brassland Records.