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A brand new National song has found it’s way onto the internet, with a particularly special premise for the seasoned slow-burning indie rockers; “Think You Can Wait” is the first song the band has written specifically for a film. Win Win is  Tom McCarthy’s latest feature following 2003’s The Station Agent and 2008’s The Visitor (excellent films, I might add), as well as writing credits for Pixar’s Up, and it’s been getting a great reception on the festival circuit, including the currently underway SXSW. Starring Paul Giamatti and Jeffrey Tambor, amongst others, the film follows Mike Flaherty (Giamatti), an attorney, high school wrestling coach, and all-around sad sack, who uncovers a wrestling prodigy, only for the boy’s mother to turn up, from rehab and without a penny, and threaten to dismantle everything.

“Think You Can Wait”, which plays through the credits, is a moving, pensive song that seems to float along as gracefully as we’ve come to expect of the band, on the back of Berninger’s rich baritone and typically understated instrumentation and string arrangements. It’s a song that tucks in nicely between “Lemonworld” and “Runaway”, off their hugely-acclaimed 2010 release High Violet, though as a whole burns more in tune with the mood of 2007’s Boxer. “I’m out of my mind / think you can wait?”, Berninger wonders broodingly in the enigmatic lyrical style that, over the course of five LP’s, has carved itself into its own comfortable, idiomatic niche and as he wallows, “I’m trying / but I couldn’t be better” over soft, wistful backing vocals, the song drifts away. It’s another excellent offering from a band who can’t seem to produce anything less and you can listen to it yourself right here:

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Electric City
03.16.11
another quality post

Deviant.
03.16.11
2 track of the day's - what is this?

SloppyMilkshake
03.16.11
^fuck'n lol'd

Eko
03.16.11
awesome song. like the return to the more boxer-esque style.

TMobotron
03.16.11
god i love paul g cant wait to see the movie

theacademy
03.16.11
a new day just started in new york, which i believe is the center of the universe

SloppyMilkshake
03.16.11
I believe there was an episode of Seinfeld where Kramer says "I'm at the corner of first and first", asks how a street can intersect with itself, and concludes he's at the apex of the universe...

So you may be right academy.

theacademy
03.16.11
i know that episode... its the same one where elaine changes her number + gets a new area code

Aids
03.16.11
Is that Holly from The Office I see?

song rules by the way, obviously. I love The National so god damn much.

Deviant.
03.16.11
"a new day just started in new york, which i believe is the center of the universe"

You would be if you weren't about 20 hours behind me

SloppyMilkshake
03.16.11
Oh, God.

Deviant. is from the future.

Which explains his fetish for electronic music. OH GOAD

TheJackal
03.16.11
great song as usual from The National

Knott-
03.16.11
high violet needed more of this (:

CelestialDust
03.16.11
good song, movie looks boring though

natey
03.16.11
New National material is always so rewarding.

ratedrsuperstar
03.16.11
song>trailer. of course, the film will rule too. 'the visitor' was awesome.

mallen-
03.16.11
grrreat song

ThyCrossAwaits
03.16.11
god I love this band. was just listening to High Violet and thinking how fucking good it was.

Film looks good too.

WhiteTieBlackJacket
03.16.11
I listened to Boxer and High Violet while playing Dragon Quest VIII the other day. So peaceful.

Inveigh
03.16.11
yeah song ruled, as expected.

ComfortablyDumb
03.16.11
matt berninger really let himself go judging by the new band pic... never realized this band was only a duo

Eko
03.17.11
^epic win

DinoX
03.17.11
song was great

Phideaux
03.17.11
Good song. Love this band.

jingledeath
03.17.11
rules obviously

Knott-
03.18.11
im out of my mind

think you can wait?

CrisStyles
03.20.11
great song

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