Posts Tagged ‘the national’

February 28, 2018

In the past week or so, CHVRCHES has been teasing us about a forthcoming single featuring Matt Berninger of The National as a guest. As huge fans of both bands, we couldn’t wait to hear the track. Today, we get to listen to My Enemy, a new taste from CHVRCHES’ next album Love Is Dead. And as expected, it’s left me with chills. Droopy retro synths and Matt Berninger’s deep rolling voice join Lauren Mayberry and the Scottish electro-pop projects’ signature sound on the aching tune. For CHVRCHES, this is downtempo and morose, but what else would you expect with Matt Berninger in tow? It’s a nice change of pace for a band who’s scintillated us with their upbeat pulsing anthems, and I can’t get enough of its slick production. We’re still waiting on more information regarding that next CHVRCHES album, but we’re pre-ordering it the moment the chance arrives!

January 23, 2018

A part of me is glad that The National had to reschedule their San Francisco tour stops from last year to this year, even though the reason for it was not any reason to be glad about (wine country fires and smoke). I wouldn’t have been able to make the dates due to a close friend’s wedding celebrations, and now I have another chance to catch them on tour for their latest brilliant album, Sleep Well Beast, which has garnered them two Grammy nominations, too. The Cincinnati luminaries shared a new music video for one of the many fine tunes off Sleep Well Beast a few days ago. Watch the clip for Walk It Back, which documents the performance and spectacle of governance, above. The video, directed by Casey Reas, arrived on the 1 year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration as president. For more about The National’s current tour, head over here. Sleep Well Beast, out now via 4AD, is available, here.

August 29, 2017

In case you missed my over excited outburst last night on Twitter, here’s The National’s latest song and video, Day I Die. The visual, directed by Casey Reas, was compiled out of thousands of compressed images, creating a riveting “fast-forward” like effect. The National’s new album Sleep Well Beast is arriving soon on September 8th via 4AD. As you probably know from our prior shares of album tracks Guilty Party, Carin at the Liquor Store, and The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness, I’m super excited for the release. I’m also very sad that I have to miss the band’s tour stop in Berkeley this October. Pre-order Sleep Well Beast, which continues to shape up to be an immense album and a worthy follow up to 2013′s Trouble Will Find Me, here.

August 9, 2017

I can’t wait for The National’s new album Sleep Well Beast, which is arriving on September 8th via 4AD. Though I’m sort of a late comer to the band’s music, their last full length, Trouble Will Find Me, is still a personal favorite and one of my top albums of 2013. New songs like The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness and Guilty Party have also been favorite singles of mine this year. The National even claimed their first #1 at commercial radio on the Triple-A radio chart with the former, and I’m over the moon for their success. They follow those songs up strong with a new album cut named Carin at the Liquor Store this week, and what a sorrowful beauty it is. The emotion is more than palpable in Matt Berninger’s signature poignant drawling vocals. Carin at the Liquor Store is a wistful piano ballad with an accompanying video directed by Casey Reas & edited by Matthew Miller. It was also filmed by one of our long time favorite organic video footage purveyors, La Blogothèque. I’m absolutely gutted that I’m going to have to miss The National’s show in Berkeley this October when they’re on tour for the new album, since I have a best friend’s wedding to attend. I’m praying to the music gods that the fellas will make their way back to the Bay Area soon. Pre-order Sleep Well Beast, here. Find out more about the band’s mostly sold out fall tour, here.

June 29, 2017

Heads up, guys. The National literally just shared another new tune from their forthcoming seventh studio album, and I happened to glance at my phone and catch the announcement. I dove into Guilty Party right away, being the huge fan that I am of the beloved Ohio mainstay, lead by baritone voiced Matt Berninger. Guilty Party is a gut-wrencher, but a beautiful one, at that. It even comes with a magnificent visualizer, too. My first experience with Guilty Party was on my big screen TV, thanks to Google Chromecast. It was getting dark, as the sun had already set, but I hadn’t switched on any of my lamps yet. I was transfixed to the images in the video and its chromatic pigments, wondering who the people were in the clip and what their stories might be, all the while drifting pensively away to the exquisitely sorrowful new ballad. That one moment when the camera pans over a blue landscape from high above to the accompaniment of an instrumental bridge is just breathtaking. Guilty Party is the second song we’ve heard so far from Sleep Well Beast, which arrives on September 8th via 4AD. I’ve been re-visiting the much headier first song, The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness, on a near daily basis. Re-visit it, here. Pre-order Sleep Well Beast, here. 2013′s Trouble Will Find Me was one of my absolute favorites that year, and I’m really excited for the new full length.

Additional information: To celebrate the forthcoming album the band will be throwing a Guilty Party at Basilica Hudson on July 14th and 15th. The collaborative concert will be performed in the round and will feature Buke & Gase, Nadia Sirota, Mouse on Mars, Sō Percussion and more. The band has released 700 tickets for each night and they’re now available for purchase here with a portion of ticket sales benefiting Basilica Hudson. Each guest attending the show will receive a “Guilty Party” 7 inch double “A” split with “The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness.” Beer will be provided by Mikkeller.

Video artist Casey Reas will be contributing live projection mapping for the event. Reas also directed the music video for the single, “Guilty Party.” “The video is a dream about memory and the degradation of memory; it’s about distance in time and space,” says Reas. “Time moves forward, but then backward as memory. The image of the two-faced Roman god Janus, who can look into the past and future, is the core visual language.”

May 11, 2017

Earlier today, The National announced their next album. Just now, they revealed the first single from Sleep Well Beast. I’ve been hungering for new The National since 2013′s Trouble Will Find Me, one of my top albums of that year, so this is all sensational news to me. Listen to The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness above. The band’s 7th studio album will be out on September 8th in CD, digital, and double LP formats via 4AD. To add even more icing to the sweet cake we’ve suddenly been given today, The National has even announced a new world tour kicking off in Ireland on September 16th. It looks like they’ll be hitting the Greek in Berkeley on October 14th! For more tour details and information regarding album pre-orders, head to 4AD, here.

August 25, 2015

It feels like it’s been forever since I first discovered Little May’s gorgeous folk music, but finally, the Australian trio will be releasing a debut album, For The Company, on October 9th via Dew Process / Capitol Records. Get ready to have your heart strings tugged unmercifully by tender, moving album track Seven Hours, a magnificently cinematic yet gentle ballad produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner. Unsurprisingly, the combo of Little May and Aaron Dessner is a striking one. Stream Seven Hours from Spotify above and Soundcloud below. And then prepare yourself for lots more stirring music produced by Aaron Dessner on their album, For The Company.

June 10, 2015

Let’s start today off with a cover by a mysterious folk artist who goes by the name of Holiday Oscar. He offers up a stripped down rendition of my favorite song off The National’s brilliant 2013 album Trouble Will Find Me, I Need My Girl. Holiday Oscar recorded this in one take, so it’s more like a demo, very rough around the edges, but it will draw you right in with its sentimental beauty and lulling, gentle guitar strums, as well as his beautiful voice. While the original is a rather anguished, urgent number, Holiday Oscar’s song is more of a hushed, sorrowful lament. For another tender gem from Holiday Oscar, stream his Gently demo below, too. He reminds me of a stripped down Blind Pilot at times with his music, and I love Blind Pilot.

The National – Sunshine On My Back

April 3, 2015

Oh, sweet, sweet but oh so gloomy and sad voice of Matt Berninger, you make my day. And what a fine day it is, when we get to listen to some new The National! And for some extra frosting on the cake, Sunshine On My Back also features Sharon Van Etten, too! The song was recorded during the band’s sessions for their amazing album Trouble Will Find Me, one of my absolute favorites that year. The surprise release is a treat that comes with every rental or purchase of a documentary named Mistaken For Strangers on VHX. The new tune is everything we love about The National…. melancholic, poignant, and full of beautifully emotive strings.

April 2, 2014

On June 3, Philly rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah return with their fourth studio album Only Run. If the first single is any sign of what’s to come, we’re in for a real treat. Coming Down features none other than the king of all brooders, Matt Berninger (The National) on guest vocals. It’s a noisy, intoxicating, tremendous track that I get lost in every time I press play. It’s a fantastic, satisfying tune.