Listen to World Cup podcast theme written by Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner

Not the 2018 World Cup, mind you.

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner have teamed up as their collaborate Big Red Machine project to write a theme for a niche World Cup podcast.

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The two artists have performed live as Big Red Machine and recent reports suggest that new music from the project is due soon. In this instance, the duo have provided music for the ‘American Fiasco‘ podcast which focuses on the 1998 World Cup and, specifically, the United States Men’s dismal performance across the tournament.


The podcast is hosted by Roger Bennett, a Liverpool-born host whose interest in American sport and pop culture led him to creating this podcast, reports Pitchfork.

Listen to Big Red Machine’s theme for ‘American Fiasco’ below – it runs from 2:45 to 3:10.

Meanwhile, Justin Vernon recently teased two new songs, titled ‘Shittiest Day In America’ and ‘Thoughts On People 1’.

Using the social media platform for Vernon’s PEOPLE festival, Vernon posted a tracklist featuring new music from Bon Iver among many other artists. the list also shows separate contributions from The National‘s Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Poliça, and Big Red Machine.

This week, The National headlined All Points East festival where they invited members of The Staves and The War On Drugs on stage, as well as paying tribute to Frightened Rabbit‘s Scott Hutchison. Check out photos, footage and the setlist here.