The National have released a new single ‘Light Years’. Check it the new video starring Alicia Vikander below.
Following on from ‘You Had Your Soul With You‘, this is the latest taster from ‘I Am Easy To Find’ – the band’s upcoming eighth album and short film.
The new video features scenes taken from the Mike Mills-directed 24 minute film, to accompany the track which the band debuted on tour last year. Leaning more towards the band’s sombre and esoteric side, the track is a dose of classic National aching melancholia – as Berninger pines for being lost alone, and far from a loved one.
Speaking to NME for The Big Read in 2018, the band confirmed that they were taking a new approach to new material.
The band said the new record would be partly made up from material garnered from ‘Sleep Well Beast’ sessions and partly something completely different.
Drummer Bryan Devendorf described their next effort as a “departure record” – and then some. “It’s going to be more than just a record,” he continued. “The other material that’s accompanying it is basically inspiring the record. It’s a collaborative project. I’ve said too much already…
“It’s not a big deal, it’s just different to everything else we’ve done. There’s a new element to it. That’s why Matt is rewriting everything.”
Berninger went on to add that the subject matter of his songs are usually the same. Adding, “What else are people thinking about other than sex, death and losing?”
The band recently announced that they’ll be playing a run of ‘intimate’ special shows in April, including a date in London.
As to what to expect from the ‘A Special Evening With The National’ shows, a statement says: “The evening will include a screening of ‘I Am Easy To Find,’ Q&A with the band, Mike Mills and more. An intimate performance will follow with special guests Gail Ann Dorsey (Paris), Kate Stables of This Is The Kit, Mina Tindle, Yuki Numata Resnick, James McAlister, Brooklyn Youth Chorus (New York), and more to be announced.”
They will then return to the UK where they’ll be playing with Florence and The Machine at Hyde Park as part of British Summer Time, before their own headline slots at Castlefield Bowl in Manchester and Kelvingrove Bandstand in Glasgow. Elsewhere, they’re set to play Mad Cool festival in Madrid.
‘I Am Easy To Find’ will be released on May 17.