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The National guitarist co-wrote and produced 11 of the 16 songs on Swift’s recent album ‘Folklore’, which has gone on to become one of the biggest selling albums of the year so far.
Dessner now says Swift has been returning the favour by providing some feedback on his own side project.
“The Big Red Machine stuff is quite far along and actually, Taylor has been amazing. I’ve shared all of that stuff with her, and she has been really helpful,” he told Billboard.
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5+ month studio bender continues. Thank you to everyone who has reached out about folklore….so glad you're enjoying it as much as I do. Still feels surreal to me. Profoundly grateful to have time and space to work and finish things — and so thankful for the many friends contributing to that music and this new @bigredmachineadjv music — everything feels related. I can't wait to share it with you. (Our working titles will change! And sorry to be coy 🙂
He recently shared a list of tracks with “working titles” under the heading “Big Red Machine II (Sure Things).” The names of his collaborators appeared to be crossed out.
Dessner has now refused to confirm or deny if Swift will make a guest appearance on the album. “I can’t really say, so I guess I’ll say neither yes nor no,” he added.
He also previously said that his creative relationship with Swift “feels like an ongoing collaboration,” hinting that more music may arrive in the future.
Big Red Machine started as a collaboration between Dessner and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon in 2008, but later grew into a multi-artist collective. A self-titled album was released in 2018.
Having originally shared a demo of the song with Stipe performing it from his home in lockdown back in March before performing the track on a number of talk shows, the duo then shared the studio version and the video under Dessner’s Big Red Machine moniker.