Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Best New Music: The National's "Demons"

The National Trouble Will Find

Looking over 16 years of material, two things about The National (one of my very favourite bands) become immediately obvious. They only get better with every song released. And they've certainly never been afraid of pointing out their gloomy quirks.

Similar to the lyrical gems within "Slow Show" ("You know I dreamed about you for 29 years before I saw you" and "I leaned on the wall and the wall leaned away"), "Bloodbuzz Ohio" ("I never thought about love when I thought about home") and so many more from their lush discography - "Demons" has the exact same, if not more, doses of brutal honesty that make the band so endearing.

On the new single, Matt Berninger's famous baritone slithers around the gorgeous, chugging instrumentation; each lyric another new confession that serves as deliciously startling and worth a closer listen. The early verses radiate the ripeness that comes with six albums and oodles of life experience, while the soaring middle eight confirms the band is anything but comfortable - they've still got an undeniable antsiness that oozes out of lyrics like, "Do not think I’m going places anymore, wanna see the sun come up above New York...When I walk into a room, I do not light it up. F*ck." With The National, it's like every song is a group effort journal entry, and every written word sounds like one step closer to getting the hang of things.

Without a doubt, the rest of May 21's Trouble Will Find Me (which, in itself, is an album title representative of the aforementioned intrigue), will continue to tug mind and heart strings we haven't used actively enough since 2010's High Violet. I can't wait for all of the sounds within this album and the challenge that comes with listening to it.


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