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The National announce new album, I Am Easy to Find, and Mike Mills-directed film

Preview the album's first single, "You Had Your Soul With You", and watch the film's trailer

The National, photo by Graham MacIndoe
The National with Mike Mills, photo by Graham MacIndoe
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    The National have announced the release of a new album called I Am Easy to Find, due out on May 17th via 4AD. Additionally, the New York alt-rock mainstays have teamed up with director Mike Mills (20th Century Women) for a 24-minute short film of the same name, starring Alicia Vikander.

    The 16-track album was recorded primarily at Long Pond in Hudson Valley, New York, with additional sessions taking place in Paris, Berlin, Dublin, Cincinnati, Austin, Brooklyn, and elsewhere. The album features vocal contributions from Sharon Van Etten, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle, and Bowie collaborator Gail Anne Dorsey, among others.

    According to a press release, The National’s album and Mills’ film inspired the other, but “don’t necessarily need one another.” Mills describes the releases as “playfully hostile siblings that love to steal from each other.”

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    The collaboration began when Mills reached out to The National’s Matt Berninger in September 2017. Mills expressed his interest in working with the band, which led Berninger to “essentially handed over the keys to the band’s creative process.” A press release provides further details:

    “The former is not the video for the latter; the latter is not the soundtrack to the former. The two projects are, as Mills calls them, ‘Playfully hostile siblings that love to steal from each other’—they share music and words and DNA and impulses and a vision about what it means to be human in 2019, but don’t necessarily need one another. The movie was composed like a piece of music; the music was assembled like a film, by a film director. The frontman and natural focal point was deliberately and dramatically sidestaged in favor of a variety of female voices, nearly all of whom have long been in the group’s orbit. It is unlike anything either artist has ever attempted and also totally in line with how they’ve created for much of their careers.”

    Below, you can preview both releases via the lead single for I Am Easy to Find, “You Had Your Soul with You”, along with the trailer for the film. Pre-orders for the album are ongoing; additional film details will be announced at a later date.

    The National’s last album came in 2017 with Sleep Well Beast.

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    I Am Easy to Find Artwork:

    The National I Am Easy to Find

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    I Am Easy to Find Tracklist:
    01. You Had Your Soul With You
    02. Quiet Light
    03. Roman Holiday
    04. Oblivions
    05. The Pull Of You
    06. Hey Rosey
    07. I Am Easy To Find
    08. Her Father In The Pool
    09. Where Is Her Head
    10. Not In Kansas
    11. So Far So Fast
    12. Dust Swirls In Strange Light
    13. Hairpin Turns
    14. Rylan
    15. Underwater
    16. Light Years

    The National have mapped out an extensive tour in support of I Am Easy to Find. Along with a series of intimate dates scheduled for April, as well as a bevy of festival appearances, the band will embark on a headlining tour this summer. Over the course of their run, they’ll share the stage with Courtney Barnett and Alvvays. Tickets for the newly announced dates go on sale beginning Friday, March 8th at 10:00 a.m. local time.

    You can get tickets to all of The National’s upcoming dates here.

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    The National 2019 Tour Dates:
    04/16 – Paris, FR @ Olympia
    04/18 – London, UK @ Royal Festival Hall
    04/22 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
    04/24 – Toronto, ON @ Roy Thomson Hall
    04/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Orpheum Theater
    06/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center *
    06/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Prospect Park Bandshell *
    06/15 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
    06/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy *
    06/17 – St Augustine, FL @ St Augustine Amphitheatre *
    06/19 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem *
    06/20 – Portland, ME @ Thompson’s Point *
    06/21 – Montreal, QC @ Place des Arts
    06/22 – Hamilton, ON @ Pier 8 ^
    06/24 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live *
    06/25 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Hill Auditorium *
    06/26 – Indianapolis, IN @ Lawn at White River *
    06/28 – Chicago, IL @ Northerly Island ^
    07/10 – Manchester, UK @ Castlefield Bowl
    07/12 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival
    07/13 – London, UK @ British Summer Time
    07/15 – Frankfurt, DE @ Jahrhunderthalle
    07/16 – Hamburg, DE @ Stadtpark
    07/18 – Rättvik, SE @ Dalhalla
    08/04 – Waterford, IE @ All Together Now Festival
    08/06 – Glasgow, UK @ Kelvingrove Park
    08/07 – Glasgow, UK @ Kelvingrove Park
    08/09 – Sicily, IT @ Ypsigrock
    08/10 – Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival
    08/11 – Buftea, RO @ Summer Well Fest
    08/14 – Paredes de Coura, PT @ Paredes de Coura
    08/16-18 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
    08/17 – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands
    08/28 – Vancouver, BC @ Deer Lake Park ^
    08/29 – Seattle, WA @ Marymoor Park ^
    08/30 – Portland, OR @ Edgefield ^
    09/01 – Stanford, CA @ Frost Amphitheater ^
    09/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre ^
    09/03 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre ^
    09/05 – Odgen, UT @ Ogden Amphitheater ^
    09/08 – Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Opera House ^
    09/10 – Austin, TX @ 360 Amphitheatre ^
    09/11 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall ^
    11/25 – Warsaw, PL @ Torwar Hall
    11/26 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
    11/27 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
    11/29 – Copenhagen, DK @ Royal Arena
    12/01 – Bochum, DE @ Ruhrcongress
    12/02 – Cologne, DE @ Palladium
    12/03 – Zurich, SW @ Samsung Hall
    12/04 – Munich, DE @ Zenith
    12/05 – Stuttgart, DE @ Porsche Arena

    * = w/ Courtney Barnett
    ^ = w/ Alvvays

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