The National new single

2017-05-11 by SowingSeason STAFF | 102 Comments
The National have unveiled the first single from their recently announced 2017 album Sleep Well Beast, which is due out September 8th via 4AD.

The track, entitled "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness", is accompanied by a drone-shot music video directed by Casey Reas. The song will appear fourth on the new record's track list, and is currently available for download on iTunes.

Watch the video and listen to "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness":


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SowingSeason
Moderator
May 11th 2017
29862 Comments


More news on The National front.

onionbubs
May 11th 2017
11065 Comments


and with that sput explodes

buzzkites
May 11th 2017
225 Comments


nice song (i need to listen in full lol)

SowingSeason
Moderator
May 11th 2017
29862 Comments


I really like it. Sounds like something that would have been on High Violet but with more defined guitar riffs.

Dylan620
May 11th 2017
4647 Comments


Excellent tune, only has me even more stoked for the album. Can't say I ever expected to hear a National guitar solo but they pulled it off really well.

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butcherboy
May 11th 2017
9464 Comments


need to digest it a few more times.. on first listen though, not that great, to be honest..

SowingSeason
Moderator
May 11th 2017
29862 Comments


@butcherboy: you're just too doped up on that saccharine Perfume Genius album, give your ears some time to return to earth and you'll appreciate it

Toondude10
May 11th 2017
13738 Comments


I only ever listened to High Violet by these guys, but I did really enjoy this. Time to go back and listen to Boxer I guess.

butcherboy
May 11th 2017
9464 Comments


hahahaha.. yea fair enough.. besides, band is too good..

Toondude10
May 11th 2017
13738 Comments


@Sowing Time for another track review I assume?

SowingSeason
Moderator
May 11th 2017
29862 Comments


Could be, Toon...could be ; )

guitarded_chuck
May 11th 2017
17230 Comments


pretty good, a bit underwhelming but these guys arent exactly bombastic or anything anyway

luci
May 11th 2017
10559 Comments


YES A NATIONAL GUITAR SOLO

SowingSeason
Moderator
May 11th 2017
29862 Comments


^^^ that was my first thought in hearing this

Emyay
May 11th 2017
6281 Comments


this is good

theBoneyKing
May 11th 2017
16139 Comments


Wait Lucid you like the National?

Anyway song is great, didn't blow my mind but I expect it'll work better in the context of the album. I'm really excited for this new direction, it's not a huge shift but just enough to keep things interesting. Let's hope this is the start of another classic trilogy!

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luci
May 11th 2017
10559 Comments


'Course I do, everything Alligator onwards is top-tier (TWFM is my personal fave). Have similar thoughts on the song as well, it's not amazing standalone but a juicy teaser for what's coming

theBoneyKing
May 11th 2017
16139 Comments


Huh, for some reason I thought you didn't/wouldn't dig them much.

Slex
May 11th 2017
6176 Comments


Song is incredible best band of this generation I. AM. READY.

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AmericanFlagAsh
May 11th 2017
8663 Comments


Oh fuck this is gooooooood, the last minute especially omg
Glad they're not making TWFM part 2

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luci
May 11th 2017
10559 Comments


you mean Alligator part 4

AmericanFlagAsh
May 11th 2017
8663 Comments


This feels more HV than Alligator, like Sowing said

theBoneyKing
May 11th 2017
16139 Comments


Alligator is quite different from the last 3 albums though Lucid.

luci
May 11th 2017
10559 Comments


True, but they've earned a rep for churning out albums with similar aesthetics. This seems like the first big switch-up they're undertaking

Gyromania
May 11th 2017
26603 Comments


alligator is amazing, but twfm is their magnum opus imo

SowingSeason
Moderator
May 11th 2017
29862 Comments


Objectively speaking Boxer was probably their magnum opus but that's by far my least favorite post-Alligator album by them. High Violet was the best, TWFM and Alligator close behind and about tied.

luci
May 11th 2017
10559 Comments


How do you "objectively" determine their magnum opus?

guitarded_chuck
May 11th 2017
17230 Comments


when ur a moderator

Gyromania
May 11th 2017
26603 Comments


despite having like 4 of their best songs, high violet is easily their weakest imo

Gyromania
May 11th 2017
26603 Comments


objectivity in regards to music is an oxymoron

AmericanFlagAsh
May 11th 2017
8663 Comments


HV >>

SowingSeason
Moderator
May 11th 2017
29862 Comments


it's not hard you just figure out what is generally regarded as their biggest statement album and their most successful offering

to most that's Boxer aka their M.O.

theBoneyKing
May 11th 2017
16139 Comments


High Violet is the greatest album of all time.

Slex
May 11th 2017
6176 Comments


All 5's but I find High Violet the weakest of their big 4 as well

Slex
May 11th 2017
6176 Comments


Boxer is their best, TWFM is my fave tho

Ocean of Noise
May 11th 2017
10525 Comments


Pretty sweet

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grandfather
May 11th 2017
157 Comments


Solid. Expecting it to grow, because the last record took ages to do so. Now it's a favorite. Can't wait for this.

NorthernSkylark
May 11th 2017
9126 Comments


Great track ! I cannot explain it any other way

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FullOfSounds
May 11th 2017
15770 Comments


Sick, excited to listen

Toad
May 11th 2017
2000 Comments


Song sounds like we might have got if U2 aged gracefully

SonsOfMonarchy
May 11th 2017
29 Comments


This is excellent as expected

plane
Staff Reviewer
May 11th 2017
7516 Comments


Alligator > the other albums can all be number 2 > probably TWFM tbh

I like this song a lot

Malcontent
May 11th 2017
70 Comments


Gives off a different vibe than most of their music, but it's pretty rad. Bloodbuzz Ohio is in my top 5, so I really love this kind of energy coming from them.

Officially on that hype train

YourDarkAffected
May 11th 2017
1836 Comments


This kicks ass. Perfect mix of High Violet fuzz with Aliigator energy

ti0n
May 11th 2017
1769 Comments


Amazing track. And that guitar solo damn.

Is the song about matt's wife? Here he talks about that the album could be about fallen apart marriages: http://www.nme.com/news/nationals-matt-berninger-says-tone-new-album-dark-1790193
The lyrics would make sense in that context.

dfevil085
May 11th 2017
1396 Comments


This might be an unpopular opinion but I think this is great.

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EyesWideShut
May 11th 2017
4885 Comments


doesnt sound like anything High Violet imo but a more modern Alligator sound.. gonna have to see how it flows with the album

StarlessCore
May 11th 2017
5955 Comments


wow legit tho a national guitar solo yall werent kidding

if they bring moar riffs 10/10

where r the matt screams from mid 2000's

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Asdfp277
May 11th 2017
19680 Comments


rules

Slex
May 11th 2017
6176 Comments


Well new Pitchfork feature has Matt and Aaron saying there's guitar solos all over the album and even a dueling solo between Aaron and Bryce
W H A T

theBoneyKing
May 11th 2017
16139 Comments


that feature has me so hype GOD WHY DO WE HAVE TO WAIT 4 WHOLE GODDAMN MONTHS

dbizzles
May 11th 2017
12986 Comments


This is fucking great.

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dbizzles
May 11th 2017
12986 Comments


Oh yeah, and solo is awesome [4 or whatever]

AngryJohnny
May 11th 2017
888 Comments


Enjoyed this a lot. Firmly believe band can do no wrong

NorthernSkylark
May 11th 2017
9126 Comments


4 fucking months

mortifierftw
May 11th 2017
320 Comments


Boxer > High Violet > Alligator > TWFM

TWFM is far too reverb drenched and overproduced to be their best album, still great tho

And this track is awesome, I like this more upbeat direction they seem to be going

Ryus
May 11th 2017
17169 Comments


not really the direction i wanted them to go in.

its alright

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FullOfSounds
May 11th 2017
15770 Comments


Looks like this'll be their most lively, love the mesh and groove of the instruments.

johnnyblaze
May 11th 2017
3185 Comments


rules

dreamgauze
May 11th 2017
910 Comments


This track > Alligator > Everything else

dbizzles
May 11th 2017
12986 Comments


Well, that's... good?

ianblxdsoe
May 11th 2017
1916 Comments


issa pretty good but uh not great, knowing me though it'll probably grow

dreamgauze
May 11th 2017
910 Comments


yea guys this album is definitely gonna be their NATION.

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
May 11th 2017
56405 Comments


I don't like this on first listen

Tunaboy45
May 11th 2017
16708 Comments


Love it

calmrose
May 11th 2017
4608 Comments


rules

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Funeralopolis
May 11th 2017
14247 Comments


really like the new song a lot

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3waycrash
May 11th 2017
246 Comments


New song sounds great. Probably my most anticipated album for the year.

dbizzles
May 11th 2017
12986 Comments


Had to spin this again on my stereo when I got home. Very good. I need a nice pair of headphones, ffs.

Dylan620
May 11th 2017
4647 Comments


This is probably their catchiest song to date, or at least one of. I won't complain if this becomes their first full-fledged radio hit - they've earned it.

dbizzles
May 11th 2017
12986 Comments


The system only dreams in total darkness.
Why are you hiding from me?

We're in a different kind of thing now.
All night, you're talking to God.

I can't explain it
any other,
any other way.


The fucking National killing it again.

YourDarkAffected
May 12th 2017
1836 Comments


I feel like there is some Sufjan influence here from Bryce's collaborations with him. The electric piano melody at 2:40 especially

AdolfChrist
May 12th 2017
20345 Comments


Yes! A National guitar solo.

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AdolfChrist
May 12th 2017
20345 Comments


Aww shit, lucid beat me to it.

theBoneyKing
May 12th 2017
16139 Comments


"I feel like there is some Sufjan influence here from Bryce's collaborations with him. The electric piano melody at 2:40 especially"

Well Sufjan has played on their last three albums so it could very well be him playing it.


cylinder
May 12th 2017
1400 Comments


crying at how good this is. tfw your favorite band picks up the same new musical interests as you at the same time

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cylinder
May 12th 2017
1400 Comments


is this still 'boring' tho? lol

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
May 12th 2017
41399 Comments


"AD: That song, “Sleep Well Beast,” is one that took the longest to make and was also the most fun. It's impressionistic, and it goes many places. It's also maybe the longest song that's ever been on a National record, so it felt like a weird focus even though it's not a single. Somehow it seemed to sum up a lot of the energy that was going around the band."


I'm sweatin'

RadicalEd
May 12th 2017
9446 Comments


Fucking slays. Very happy that they went into a slightly different direction because as good as their last album was, I think they pretty much had explored their Boxer/High Violet sound to the fullest.



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cylinder
May 12th 2017
1400 Comments


agreed ^

jimmykidd
May 12th 2017
640 Comments


love it. fucking brilliant.

YourDarkAffected
May 12th 2017
1836 Comments


"Well Sufjan has played on their last three albums so it could very well be him playing it."

I'm aware. I was talking about Sufjan influencing Bryce and Aaron's songwriting in a notable way


Faraudo
May 12th 2017
2709 Comments


Another great song by them, what a surprise...

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Artuma
May 12th 2017
30210 Comments


loving this just as much as everyone else. the alligator vibes rock my socks

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buzzkites
May 12th 2017
225 Comments


nice to hear that you still form your opinion within the scope of everyone else's

Artuma
May 12th 2017
30210 Comments


glad to please you with my comment. it's a good day

buzzkites
May 12th 2017
225 Comments


indeed

NewBallistics
May 12th 2017
863 Comments


What is a The National?

DoofusWainwright
May 12th 2017
19991 Comments


guitar solos in most songs on the new record, gonna have to catch them live this tour - National go 'rock star'

DoofusWainwright
May 12th 2017
19991 Comments


last tour when they performed a near metal version of 'Humiliation' I was hoping they'd plug in those guitars and rip on the next album

AdolfChrist
May 12th 2017
20345 Comments


what the fuck, i want to hear that.

blunderbuss
May 12th 2017
6 Comments


Sounds pretty cool

DoofusWainwright
May 12th 2017
19991 Comments


'Humiliation' was the heaviest tune in the set by quite a distance

Pangea
May 12th 2017
2862 Comments


Awesome song. So excited for the album

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MistaCrave
May 12th 2017
2487 Comments


holy shit

JayEnder
May 12th 2017
3146 Comments


I really like this.

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RadicalEd
May 13th 2017
9446 Comments


Humiliation live is fucking insanity.

Danred97
May 13th 2017
2031 Comments


I've never listened to The National, but this was really good. The guitars in this song are great.

benkim
May 13th 2017
3380 Comments


This is incredible!

BHAR
May 14th 2017
231 Comments


Holy crap, looks like it's gonna be 5 classic National albums in a row.

AdolfChrist
May 14th 2017
20345 Comments


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ar5WNZQJtfc

idk if this made the album or if they changed the name, in another video Matt was joking about changing the name.

tommygun
May 17th 2017
26847 Comments


GOAT band



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