Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon has shared a soothing new solo recording called ‘Agasteen’.
The musician is set to release a joint album with The National‘s Bryce Dessner this Friday (August 31), under the moniker Big Red Machine. The self-titled record will feature contributions from Phoebe Bridgers, The Staves, Arcade Fire‘s Richard Reed Parry, and more.
‘Agasteen’ is a separate release to that project, and was shared on Vernon’s PEOPLE streaming platform. It was reportedly recorded at Berlin arts space Funkhaus – the venue where PEOPLE’s latest collaborative festival was held.
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Sharing the track on Twitter, Vernon wrote: “Made a long piece of music that seems to relax me.” You can listen to the calm, drifting track by signing up for a free PEOPLE account.
The musician launched the PEOPLE platform earlier this year in collaboration with Dessner and his brother Aaron. Bryce told the Guardian in June the project’s aim was to “deformalise some of the artifice and structure that goes into releasing music and to get a little bit closer to the creative and collaborative process, and to the people.”
In March, Vernon debuted new music during a contemporary dance show. He aired a work-in-progress score at the TU Dance company’s performance at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) ahead of officially premiering it in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
“Some of his boldest, most passionate, yet accessible music,” one fan said of Vernon’s new work. “Stunning singing, including a Leon Russell cover for the ages.”