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Bon Iver's Justin Vernon Teases New Song With Taylor Swift | Billboard News

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Bon Iver leader Justin Vernon surprised fans who tuned in to his Instagram Live when he played a snippet of an unnamed, unreleased song he recorded with new musical BFF Taylor Swift.

Video Transcript

[MUSIC PLAYING]

TAYLOR SWIFT AND JUSTIN VERNON: (SINGING) So what am I defending now? You are my town. Now I'm in exile. Seeing you out.

CHELSEA BRIGGS: If you thought "Exile" was incredible, well, good news. It looks like Taylor Swift and Justin Vernon have yet another duet in the works. On Tuesday, April 13, the Bon Iver lead surprised fans who tuned into his Instagram Live when he played a brief snippet of an unnamed, unreleased song he recorded with new musical BFF, Taylor Swift.

TAYLOR SWIFT: (SINGING) [INAUDIBLE] Are we really going to talk about sometimes--

JUSTIN VERNON: That's the awesome Taylor one.

CHELSEA BRIGGS: A source close to the project confirmed to Billboard that the song is slated to appear on an upcoming release from Big Red Machine, Vernon's side group with fellow Swift collaborator, Aaron Dessner. Big Red Machine's self-titled debut album was released in 2018. At press time, spokespeople for Vernon and Swift had not returned requests for comment on the song.

TAYLOR SWIFT: (SINGING) In the cracks of light.

JUSTIN VERNON: (SINGING) Can we just get a pause?

TAYLOR SWIFT: (SINGING) I dreamed of you.

CHELSEA BRIGGS: Vernon appeared on both of Swift's 2020 quarantine albums, singing on the song "Exile" from Folklore and co-writing the title track and performing on several other songs on Evermore, including adding drums on "Cowboy Like Me" and "Closure," backing vocals on "Marjorie," and guitar and banjo on "Ivy."

TAYLOR SWIFT: (SINGING) So tell me to run, or dare to sit and watch what we'll become.

CHELSEA BRIGGS: All right, for more on this story, you can head to Billboard.com, and, until next time, for Billboard News, I'm Chelsea Briggs.