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While gamers everywhere explode with frothy, hyper-excitibilty over the release of the second installation in Valve’s Portal series, The National have given the rest of us a reason to be just as happy; hot off the heels of their contribution to the soundtrack of indie flick Win Win, they’ve dropped another new song to go along with the videogame.

“Exile Vilify” is meant to evoke the “same visceral reactions from its listeners that Portal does from its players” and though my gaming knowledge extends as far as Mario Kart and FIFA, if that statement rings true, you can count me in. It’s the sort of somber, slow-moving ballad that the band seems to be able to produce at a whim, suspending Matt Berninger’s croon above a beautiful piano melody and string arrangements, and it’s just as good as we’ve come to expect from a band that rarely ever puts a foot wrong. You can find it below, along with the teaser trailer for Portal 2:

The National – Exile Vilify by Hypetrak






Spare
04.20.11
game is genius, song is obviously great because it's the national

theacademy
04.20.11
national are so fucking cas now

defjaw83
04.20.11
Will listen after work. That artwork is awesome too

SowingSeason
04.20.11
really nice song...really nice band too obv.

JWT155
04.20.11
They can do no wrong.

defjaw83
04.20.11
I hear they're teaming up with skrillex next. That could go wrong

HBFS
04.20.11
Man that was so nice. Want to get this game too

Liberi Fatali
04.20.11
Nice song from the ever consistent.

slaythesocialists
04.20.11
this song is pretty awesome, didnt expect anything less

ratedrsuperstar
04.20.11
the national #nuffsaid

BigHans
04.20.11
naturally song rules

Inveigh
04.20.11
fuck that was awesome

Knott-
04.20.11
don't see this band ever releasing a bad song ever again

BigHans
04.20.11
They piss excellence

Inveigh
04.20.11
They bowl overhand

BigHans
04.20.11
lol

Blindsided
04.20.11
Holy fucking great song.

killrobotmusic
04.20.11
Not as good as "Think You Can Wait" but still awesome. Totally worth the $0.99.

klap
04.20.11
wish they sounded this good at coachella

Phideaux
04.20.11
Love this band. How do they do it?

CrisStyles
04.20.11
I agree it's not as good as "Think You Can Wait." Still great though. Such a consistent band.

defjaw83
04.20.11
Great song. I'm in love with this band

Aids
04.20.11
yeah I've heard this. it's really good. Pretty poor by The National's standards though.

DiceMan
04.21.11
This sounded uninspired to me.

slaythesocialists
04.21.11
I thought it demolished think you can wait tbh

KeithStone582
04.21.11
Damn this is great. So much to look forward to in their future.

TMobotron
04.21.11
game was awesome

nikelin
04.21.11
Missing is a web. Nets live a leaf, nets had green trees, brown roots, numerous branches, MAO fruit. Coming from the past the trees, by far and near, I had16 lifelike. The sweat, swinging the water poured in nets, another big mesh also does not leak; Missing is a web. Nets live a old words, nets had warm affection, warm heart bosom, the lead, meaning hang. Talk...
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multipleofone
04.21.11
Title of the song sounds like a tech-death song

LemonJuiceGoose
04.25.11
another great song by the national

deadinholywood
04.26.11
This sounded uninspired to me. [2]

I normally love the national but this is nothing special. Berningers vocals don't sound as good as they usually do, meh for me.

CelestialDust
04.26.11
lmao @
BigHans
04.20.11
They piss excellence

Inveigh
04.20.11
They bowl overhand

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