The National – I Am Easy To Find *Indies only coloured vinyl*
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The National’s new album ‘I Am Easy To Find’ is released on 4AD. ‘I Am Easy To
Find’ is the band’s eighth studio album and the follow-up to 2017’s Grammy Awardwinning
release ‘Sleep Well Beast’.
A companion short film with the same name will also be released with music by The
National and inspired by the album. The film was directed by Academy Awardnominated
director Mike Mills (20th Century Women, Beginners) and stars Academy
Award-Winner Alicia Vikander.
Mills, along with the band, is credited as co-producer of the album, which was mostly
recorded at Long Pond, Hudson Valley, NY with additional sessions in Paris, Berlin,
Cincinnati, Austin, Dublin, Brooklyn and more far flung locations.
The album features vocal contributions from Sharon Van Etten, Brooklyn Youth
Chorus, Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle and more.
As the album’s opening track ‘You Had Your Soul With You’ unfurls it’s so far, so
National: a digitally manipulated guitar line, skittering drums, Berninger’s familiar
baritone, mounting tension. Then around the 2:15 mark, the true nature of ‘I Am
Easy To Find’ announces itself: The racket subsides, strings swell and the voice of
long-time David Bowie bandmate Gail Ann Dorsey booms out – not as background
vocals, not as a hook but to take over the song. Elsewhere it’s Irish singer
songwriter Lisa Hannigan, or Sharon Van Etten, or Mina Tindle or Kate Stables of
This Is The Kit, or varying combinations of them. Also, The Brooklyn Youth Choir,
whom Bryce Dessner had worked with before. There are choral arrangements and
strings on nearly every track, largely put together by Bryce in Paris – not a negation
of the band’s dramatic tendencies but a redistribution of them.
“Yes, there are a lot of women singing on this, but it wasn’t because, ‘Oh, let’s have
more women’s voices,’” says Berninger. “It was more, ‘Let’s have more of a fabric of
people’s identities.’ It would have been better to have had other male singers but my
ego wouldn’t let that happen.”
Deluxe 3LP set pressed on red / grey / yellow 140s vinyl set in tri-fold jacket with
printed innersleeves, 24 page booklet and 24” x 24” poster folder housed in printed
140g clear double vinyl.