Aaron Dessner and Michael Stipe perform their No Time For Love Like Now collab on The Tonight Show

Photo: Paul Bachmann

Photo: Paul Bachmann

The National’s Aaron Dessner and Michael Stipe were the musical guests of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon yesterday.

The pair performed No Time For Love Like Now after the recent news of Dessner and Justin Vernon restarting their Big Red Machine collaboration a couple of years on from its Hymnostic debut album was accompanied by this hook-up with the R.E.M. frontman.

“On a whim, I shared a folder of in-progress BRM sketches with Michael last year, and it was exciting when he really gravitated to a few of them,” Dessner explained of the track’s origins to Rolling Stone.

“Michael wrote the lyrics to No Time For Love Like Now last fall, but when the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic and social-distancing and self-isolation descended, they felt like they were written about this time all along and perhaps the message resonates especially now.”

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