The National have revealed another intriguing track from their upcoming album, the assured and gorgeous Guilty Party.
The latest single from Sleep Well Beast, accompanied by a fascinating red-white-blue music video, arrives following last week’s crowd pleasing performance at Glastonbury.
Skittering percussion and regent pianos reminiscent of Radiohead’s Pyramid Song open Guilty Party with grace and heavy emotions.
Fascinating lyrical options – a heroine who seems to sleep all day, the hero remaining awake and unable to rest – lead us through subjects of defeat, self-investigation and apology.
And by being not quite as heavy and sombre as the band’s previous work – there is a certain romance running throughout – it becomes one of the most immediate and accessible.
Sleep Well Beast is released via 4AD on 8 September, and will be their first full-length for over four years.
The National will also be performing live as part of a world tour in support of the album, starting in Ireland on 18 September.
The tour includes eight UK dates, including four at the Hammersmith Apollo in London and four sold-out performances split between Edinburgh and Manchester.
The band are also playing at Basilica Hudson in New York City twice in July, where fans will receive a special 7″ single of Guilty Party.
Their Glastonbury performance is currently available on BBC iPlayer.
The National UK Dates
September 20-21 – Usher Hall – Edinburgh, UK
September 22-23 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK
September 25-28 – Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK