The National – “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” single is #1 on

THE NATIONAL’S LEAD SINGLE THE SYSTEM ONLY DREAMS IN TOTAL DARKNESS” HITS #1 ON TRIPLE-A CHART SINGLE OFF FORTHCOMING NEW ALBUM

SLEEP WELL BEAST OUT SEPTEMBER 8 VIA 4AD

Congratulations to The National whose single, ” The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” has claimed the #1 spot on the BDS Triple-A radio chart.  This marks the band’s first #1 at commercial radio.  “The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness” is off The National’s forthcoming album Sleep Well Beast which is set to be released on September 8 via 4AD.   As with the entire album, the single was produced by member Aaron Dessner with co-production by Bryce Dessner and Matt Berninger.  Sleep Well Beast was mixed by Peter Katis and recorded at Aaron Dessner’s Hudson Valley, New York studio, Long Pond.  Sleep Well Beast is available for pre-order and will be available in CD, digital and double LP formats.

Watch “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness,” in this Casey Reas directed video.

“‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness’ blends elements of the National’s signature indie rock anthems with a shot of disco funk. A shuffling drum beat and a grimy guitar loop mix with a slow-burning blend of piano, synths and horns that rise at the end…” – Rolling Stone

“the National re-emerges upbeat, verging on danceable, with ‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness,’ a plaint about lost intimacy delivered with a kicking drumbeat, an insistent distorted guitar lick and a strobing video clip. The band hasn’t set aside its fondness for Minimalism; there’s lots of repetition in the underlying arrangement. But this time the National is willing to swing.”   –The New York Times

“Produced by Aaron Dessner ‘System’ has a sound that’s sharper than on The National’s past two albums – more propulsive than dense – and it gleams and shudders with nervous bravado.” – NPR

“Here, they all sound more energized, jutting forward with a slick confidence.” – Pitchfork (Best New Track)

“No matter what Matt’s singing about here it sounds good, and “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” is a pleasant omen for whatever other uncommon amalgamations might come next on Sleep Well Beast.” – Spin

The National have confirmed a world-tour in support of  Sleep Well Beast.  Dates kick off  in Cork, Ireland on September 16.  Highlights include Forest Hills Stadium in New York on October 6, The Hollywood Bowl on October 11 and multiple night residencies in more than 10 cities across Europe and North America.  In advance of the tour The National have played Glastonbury (“Could The National Be Glastonbury’s Next Headliners?” said the NME review) and the upcoming Haven Festival in Copenhagen. For additional information and pre-sale registration visit www.americanmary.com. Photos, album art and bio available here.

Sleep Well Beast Album Cover

Sleep Well Beast is available for pre-order in CD, digital and double LP formats.

TRACK LIST:

Nobody Else Will Be There

Day I Die

Walk It Back

The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness

Born to Beg

Turtleneck

Empire Line

I’ll Still Destroy You

Guilty Party

Carin at the Liquor Store

Dark Side of the Gym

Sleep Well Beast

Image credit : Graham MacIndoe

WORLD TOUR:

08/12/17 – HAVEN Festival – Copenhagen, DENMARK

9/16/17 – Cork Opera House / Sounds From a Safe Harbour – Cork, IRELAND (SOLD OUT)

9/17/17 – Vicar Street – Dublin, IRELAND (SOLD OUT)

9/18/17 – Vicar Street – Dublin, IRELAND (SOLD OUT)

9/20/17 – Usher Hall – Edinburgh, UK (SOLD OUT)

9/21/17 – Usher Hall – Edinburgh, UK (SOLD OUT)

9/22/17 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK (SOLD OUT)

9/23/17 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK (SOLD OUT)

9/25/17 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK

9/26/17 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK

9/27/17 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK

9/28/17 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK (SOLD OUT)

10/05/17 – Wang Theatre – Boston, MA (SOLD OUT)

10/06/17 – Forest Hills Stadium – New York, NY

10/7/17 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA

10/8/17 – Masonic Hall – Detroit,MI

10/11/17 – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA

10/12/17 – CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre – San Diego, CA

10/14/17 – Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA

10/21/17 – Elbphilharmonie – Hamburg, GERMANY

10/23/17 – Tempodrom – Berlin, GERMANY

10/24/17 – Tempodrom – Berlin, GERMANY

10/25/17 – AFAS Live – Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS (SOLD OUT)

10/26/17 – AFAS Live – Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS

10/28/17 – Coliseum – Lisbon, PORTUGAL (SOLD OUT)

10/30/17 – Bozar – Brussels, BELGIUM (SOLD OUT)

10/31/17 – Bozar – Brussels, BELGIUM (SOLD OUT)

11/02/17 – 11/04/17 – Pitchfork Paris, Paris FRANCE

11/04/17 – Annexet – Stockholm, SWEDEN (SOLD OUT)

11/05/17 – Annexet – Stockholm, SWEDEN

11/06/17 – Sentrum Scene – Oslo, NORWAY (SOLD OUT)

11/07/17 – Sentrum Scene – Oslo, NORWAY

11/27/17 – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall – Portland, OR (SOLD OUT)

11/28/17 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA (SOLD OUT)

11/29/17 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA (SOLD OUT)

12/01/17 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver BC, CANADA (SOLD OUT)

12/02/17 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver BC, CANADA (SOLD OUT)

12/04/17 – Verizon Hall – Philadelphia, PA (SOLD OUT)

12/05/17 – The Anthem – Washington,DC

12/07/17 – Metropolis – Montreal QC, CANADA (SOLD OUT)

12/08/17 – Metropolis – Montreal QC, CANADA (SOLD OUT)

12/09/17 – Sony Centre – Toronto ON, CANADA (SOLD OUT) (SOLD OUT)

12/10/17 – Hamilton Place Theatre – Hamilton ON, CANADA (SOLD OUT)

12/12/17 – Civic Opera House – Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)

12/13/17 – Civic Opera House – Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)

 

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