The National shared their latest track ‘Day I Die’ from their forthcoming album Sleep Well Beast.
The video, which was directed by Casey Reas, compresses the frenetic energy of performing with the grind of touring. It’s a day in the life of The National. Reas adds, “Graham MacIndoe captured eighteen time-lapse photo series during rehearsals at Le Centquatre in June 2017 in Paris. Hours of rehearsal are compressed into a few minutes. Over five thousand of these photographs were brought together to make the final video. I wrote custom software to collage multiple photographs together and to compile them into videos. A flickering colour layer abstracted from broadcast television signals augments the black and white footage. The images here are played back at 12fps, near the threshold of the persistence of vision.” Watch the video below, or stream the new track on all platforms here.
The National claimed their first #1 at commercial radio on the Triple-A radio chart with ‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness’, and recently shared the track ‘Carin at the Liquor Store’. Both songs, along with the previously released ‘Guilty Party’ are off the band’s seventh studio album Sleep Well Beast, out next week.
Sleep Well Beast is available for pre-order at americanmary.com and will be available in CD, digital and double LP formats.
You can pre-order on standard 2xLP (white vinyl), limited indie exclusive 2xLP (blue vinyl) or CD via 4AD here.
You can pre-order on all digital platforms here.