The National have curated a CD of songs by some of their closest friends and collaborators for the latest issue of Uncut.
The band have personally selected 15 tracks for the latest issue of Uncut (featuring Pink Floyd on the cover), to “highlight the work of many key players from The National’s extended family”. Among them are Sharon Van Etten, Bon Iver, The Breeders, This Is The Kit and Cat Power.
“The National became a big group of collaborators a long time ago,” frontman Matt Berninger told Uncut. “Carin [wife] has been writing lyrics with The National for 12 years. Kyle [Resnick] and Ben [Lanz] play live with us. There’s Padma Newsome, Thomas Barlett, Lais Hannigan, Justin Vernon, Sharon Van Etten…”
The tracklisting is:
- LANZ – ‘Auckland’ [feat. James McAlister]
- THIS IS THE KIT – ‘Bashed Out’
- DEERHUNTER – ‘Plains’
- THOMAS BARTLETT & NICO MUHLY – ‘Dominic’
- SHARON VAN ETTEN – ‘Give Out’
- KHRUANGBIN – ‘Lady And Man’
- BON IVER – ‘8 (circle)’
- THE BREEDERS – ‘Walking With A Killer’
- LISA HANNIGAN – ‘Snow’
- STILL CORNERS – ‘Submarine’
- BIG THIEF – ‘UFOF’
- PADMA NEWSOME – ‘Cloud Theory’
- MOSES SUMNEY – ‘Don’t Bother Calling’
- CAT POWER – ‘Horizon’
- BRYCE DESSNER / SO PERCUSSION – ‘Music For Wood And Strings: Section 1’
Having debuted a number of new songs live this week, The National will release ‘I Am Easy To Find’ (the band’s upcoming eighth album and short film) on May 17.
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?”
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.