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The National preview new album with “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” — watch

Plus, the band announces a world tour in support of their seventh full-length

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    Photo by​ Graham MacIndoe

    Earlier today we received word of The National’s new album, Sleep Well Beast. The band has now revealed more details of the forthcoming effort. They’ve also unveiled the album’s lead single, “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness”, which you can stream below.

    The band’s own Aaron Dessner helmed the 12-track album, with bandmates Bryce Dessner and Matt Berninger contributing further production. Recording took place at Aaron’s Long Pond Studio in Hudson Valley, New York, with additional sessions going down in Berlin, Paris, and Los Angeles. Mixing was done by Peter Katis, who has overseen every National record since 2003’s Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers and also produced several of their albums.

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    “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” serves as the album’s lead single. It comes via a video directed by software artist Casey Reas, which you can watch below. The album’s artwork and tracklist follow.

    Sleep Well Beast is the band’s seventh album to date and follow-up to 2013’s Trouble Will Find Me. A release date is set for September 8th through 4AD. Pre-orders are ongoing in a variety of formats.

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    Sleep Well Beast Artwork:

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    Sleep Well Beast Tracklist:
    01. Nobody Else Will Be There
    02. Day I Die
    03. Walk It Back
    04. The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
    05. Born to Beg
    06. Turtleneck
    07. Empire Line
    08. I’ll Still Destroy You
    09. Guilty Party
    10. Carin at the Liquor Store
    11. Dark Side of the Gym
    12. Sleep Well Beast

    The National will embark on a massive world tour this fall and winter supporting the new record. The itinerary includes multiple-night stints in Dublin, London, Seattle, Chicago, and Montreal. All tickets purchases include a download of Sleep Well Beast; pre-sale registration is going on here.

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    Update: The National’s October 11th show at The Hollywood Bowl features and Daughter as opening acts.

    The National 2017 Tour Dates:
    06/21 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury Music Festival
    08/12 – Copenhagen, DK @ HAVEN Festival
    09/16 – Cork, IE @ Cork Opera House/Sounds From a Safe Harbour
    09/17 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street
    09/18 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street
    09/20 – Edinburgh, UK @ Usher Hall
    09/21 – Edinburgh, UK @ Usher Hall
    09/22 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
    09/23 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
    09/25 – London, UK @ Eventim Hammersmith Apollo
    09/26 – London, UK @ Eventim Hammersmith Apollo
    09/27 – London, UK @ Eventim Hammersmith Apollo
    09/28 – London, UK @ Eventim Hammersmith Apollo
    10/05 – Boston, MA @ Wang Theatre
    10/06 – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium #
    10/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl ^#
    10/12 – San Diego, CA @ CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
    10/14 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
    10/21 – Hamburg, DE @ Elphilharmonie
    10/23 – Berlin, DE @ Tempodrom
    10/24 – Berlin, DE @ Tempodrom
    10/25 – Amsterdam, NL @ AFAS Live
    10/28 – Lisbon, PT @ Coliseum
    10/30 – Brussels, BE @ Bozar
    10/31 – Brussels, BE @ Bozar
    11/02 – Paris, FR @ Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
    11/04 – Stockholm, SE @ Annexet
    11/05 – Stockholm, SE @ Annexet
    11/06 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene
    11/07 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene
    11/27 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
    11/28 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
    11/29 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
    12/01 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
    12/02 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
    12/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ Verizon Hall
    12/07 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
    12/08 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
    12/09 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre
    12/10 – Hamilton, ON @ Hamilton Place Theatre
    12/12 – Chicago, IL @ Civic Opera House
    12/13 – Chicago, IL @ Civic Opera House

    # = w/ Daughter
    ^ = w/ Local Natives

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