The National have shared a video for their latest new song, ‘Hairpin Turns’. Scroll down to watch it now.
The track boasts contributions from former David Bowie collaborator Gail Ann Dorsey and Lisa Hannigan, while the video features Dorsey, Mina Tindle, Kate Stables, and dancer Sharon Eyal.
The clip was directed by 20th Century Women director Mike Mills, who described it in a press release as “a very simple portrait of the band (and the friends who helped make the song) and the song itself.”
“You see all the instruments that make up the song in isolation, even hear them recorded live on set over the album version, kind of like showing you the tracks that make up the song,” he continued. “And you see everyone who contributed alone […] but your mind puts them together.
“The dancer Sharon Eyal is sort of a continuation of Alicia Vikander’s character from the film I Am Easy To Find. We thought of her as Alicia’s unconscious, or her shadow self – that has her own life in this space.” You can watch the video above now.
The National’s upcoming eighth studio album ‘I Am Easy To Find’ will be accompanied by a short film of the same name, as referenced above by Mills. Vikander stars in the 24-minute movie, which Mills has previously described as centering around “playfully hostile siblings that love to steal from each other.”
Both the album and movie were showcased at a recent show at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Read what went down here.
Meanwhile, the group will host special playbacks of their album in the UK, with proceeds from the events going to War Child.
The National’s next UK show will be at London’s Hyde Park with Florence + The Machine on July 13. Visit here for tickets and more information.
‘I Am Easy To Find’ will be released on May 17.