Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Aaron Dessner of The National have gotten the band back together to create the theme song for a new podcast about soccer.
After an eight-year hiatus, the duo’s super-side project Big Red Machine is back with new music for American Fiasco, a podcast created by WNYC Studios and hosted by Roger Bennett. The podcast recounts the 1998 U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team’s anti-climatic international experience and how “not to win a World Cup.”
Big Red Machine’s introduction track is short, only about 25 seconds long, but dreamy-sounding, with lots of bended notes and the repetition of a “We are” affirmation. In the case of the 1998 U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team, “we are not very good at soccer.”
Listen to the first episode of American Fiasco here. You can hear Big Red Machine’s trippy theme music at 2:45. You can also catch Bon Iver and The National performances from the Paste archives below.