THE NATIONAL LP7 Sleep Well Beast out today Touring February 2018
Praise for Sleep Well Beast
“The irresistible, off-kilter scaffolds of drummer Bryan Devendorf, and the slow dawn of one glorious melody after another, will keep you plenty occupied…” – Rolling Stone ★★★★
“…wonderful crescendo. Enjoy.” – Herald Sun, Album Of The Week
“Their music is almost immediately identifiable: The churn and meshing the Dessner and Devendorf brothers’ instrumental textures then overlaid with Matt Berninger’s ruminations on the human condition.” – The Music ★★★★
“Sleep Well Beast is everything you could ever want out of a National album and more.” – Beat 9.5
“…a towering achievement.” – STACK
The National have today released their seventh studio album Sleep Well Beast via 4AD / Remote Control Records.
Sleep Well Beast was produced by member Aaron Dessner with co-production by Bryce Dessner andMatt Berninger. The album was mixed by Peter Katis and recorded at Aaron Dessner’s Hudson Valley, New York studio, Long Pond.
Watch the video for latest single ‘Day I Die‘ below. Directed by Casey Reas, the video 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 via the image below.
The National will embark on their world tour which will arrive in Australia in February 2018. They will play shows in Sydney at The Sydney Opera House, Brisbane at Riverstage and Melbourne at Sidney Myer Music Bowl. On top of a wealth of unforgettable music spanning six critically acclaimed records, this will mark the first time Australian audiences will hear live performances from Sleep Well Beast –hosted at premiere venues made to showcase one of the most formidable and impeccable live acts in the world. Full dates and ticketing details below.
The National – Australian Tour Dates 2018
Wed 21 Feb – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney NSW – SOLD OUT
Thu 22 Feb – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney NSW – NEW SHOW ADDED
Tue 27 Feb – Riverstage, Brisbane QLD
Thu 1 Mar – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne VIC
For ticketing info and enquiries visit Handsome Tours.
The National – Sleep Well Beast
Nobody Else Will Be There
Day I Die
Walk It Back
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
Born to Beg
I’ll Still Destroy You
Carin at the Liquor Store
Dark Side of the Gym
Sleep Well Beast