Today, The National have released the single ‘Guilty Party’ off their forthcoming album Sleep Well Beast out on the 8th September via 4AD / Remote Control Records. Sleep Well Beast was produced by member Aaron Dessner with co-production by Bryce Dessner and Matt Berninger and recorded at Aaron’s Hudson Valley, NY studio, Long Pond. 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, SO Percussionand more.
Video artist Casey Reas will be contributing live projection mapping for the event. Reas also directed the video for 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.” Watch the video via the image below.
Last week in Paris and the UK, The National performed new material off the forthcoming album for audiences for the first time. Portions of their victorious main stage set at Glastonbury can be viewed via the BBC. NME said in reviewing the Glastonbury performance, “their set’s only flaw: it just all ended too soon. But the impact they made was immense. They’ve played the long game, and they’ve won. It’s time for the world’s biggest cult band to become a whole new beast.”
The National – ‘Guilty Party’
Stream / Download: https://thenational.lnk.to/GuiltyParty
The National – ‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness’
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The National – Sleep Well Beast
Nobody Else Will Be There
Day I Die
Walk It Back
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
Born to Beg
I’ll Still Destroy You
Carin at the Liquor Store
Dark Side of the Gym
Sleep Well Beast
The National – Sleep Well Beast is out Friday 8th September
Via 4AD / Remote Control Records.