On July 2, 2021, ‘Renegade’ was released by Big Red Machine, with a feature from Taylor Swift. No surprise, just within months from the last Taylor release from her now-infamous 2020 catalog, frequent collaborators The National’s Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon’s track is now available to stream and download via all digital providers to the listener’s delight. Not just a special guest appearance, “Renegade” could have alos fit nested into the whimsical tracks found on “folklore” and “evermore”.
The single, as pointed out by fans online, comes in a timely and seemingly intentional manner. Just a day before Taylor Swifts’ former record company, Big Machine Records (not to be confused with the artist in question, Big Red Machine), previous owner Scott Borchetta’s birthday. Who she has in the past critiqued for his “tyrannical control” over her music. This emphasizes the spunky nature of the piece. A song that explores the caveats of a romance gone wrong, emotionally exhausting, and simply toxic with very Swift-Esque imagery/easter eggs.
On Twitter, Taylor had this to say, “When Aaron Dessner came into my life, I was ushered into his world of free-flowing creativity where you don’t overthink, you just make music.” This is just the first of two collaborations with Taylor Swift for Big Red Machine’s second studio album, “How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last” which will premiere on August 27th. Which will also feature Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, Sharon Van Etten, Anaïs Mitchell, and more.