The National just announced the impending release of Trouble Will Find Me, their fifth studio album.
Singer Matt Berninger calls the self-produced album “immediate and visceral.” In a press release, Aaron Dessner says, “The songs on one level are our most complex, and on another they’re our most simple and human. It just feels like we’ve embraced the chemistry we have.”
Trouble Will Find Me is out 5/21 on 4AD.
The National’s dark, brooding tales of suburban strife and existential terror sounds like the audio equivalent of sitting down in a well-worn leather chair in a very dark room with a glass of scotch in your hand. Their sound is rich and menacing, backed by the mumbling growl of lead singer Matt Berninger.
The National broke out onto the scene with their 2007 classic Boxer, an album that received tons of praise upon release (and deserved every bit of it). Boxer spun tales of quiet menace and the hidden evil under the surface of everyone’s lives. The band followed it up with the more psychological High Violet in 2010, an album that saw Beringer’s fears turn more inward and existential, but equally as powerful.
The new album, Trouble Will Find Me, due out May 20th alongside a documentary about the band, Mistaken For Strangers, which debuts at the Tribeca Film Festival the previous month.
"Trouble Will Find Me will showcase a much more confident band, not just in their abilities, but also in Berninger’s outlook on the world"
The album seems to find the band in a different place than their previous albums. The success from Boxer and High Violet has rocketed the band into the forefront of the indie rock scene, causing the press and fans to finally take notice of the band that has been putting out excellent material for more than ten years. In an interview about the new album, Berninger said “For the past ten years we’d been chasing something, wanting to prove something. And this chase was about trying to disprove our own insecurities. After touring High Violet, I think we felt like we’d finally gotten there. Now we could relax—not in terms of our own expectations but we didn’t have to prove our identity any longer.” To me, this means that Trouble Will Find Me will showcase a much more confident band, not just in their abilities, but also in Berninger’s outlook on the world. Whereas Boxer and High Violet dealt with deeply personal themes and fear, Trouble Will Find Me may hearken back to the band’s earlier, more raw albums like Alligator.
Listen to the new single Demons below.
Another exciting element about Trouble Will Find Me was revealed during a recent interview at Gothamist with drummer Bryan Devendorf, who says that the album will feature vocal collaborations with Sharon Van Etten, Nona Marie Invie, and St. Vincent’s Annie Clark, along with beats and other electronic embellishments provided by Sufjan Stevens. For a band that has typically eschewed collaboration in the past, it will be incredibly exciting to see Berninger’s vocals intertwining with immensely talented vocalists like Clark, Van Etten and Invie, and how the band’s deep, droning sound will be affected by Stevens’ electronic flourishes
The band has released the tracklist:
1. I Should Live In Salt
3. Don’t Swallow The Cap
5. Sea Of Love
7. This Is The Last Time
10. I Need My Girl
12. Pink Rabbits
13. Hard To Find
It’s notable that all these songs appear to be new material, tracks that the band hasn’t performed live (unless they’ve renamed them).
The hype for this album is huge. The band has shown a great evolution of their sound over their five previous albums, so I can’t wait to hear what they deliver on Trouble Will Find Me.
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01 “I Should Live In Salt”
03 “Don’t Swallow The Cap”
05 “Sea Of Love”
07 “This Is The Last Time”
10 “I Need My Girl”
12 “Pink Rabbits”
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