Thursday, 6 May 2010

High Violet

The National are releasing their new album 'High Violet' this monday. For those who have downloaded its leak or streamed it via the New York Times website will know its transcendent immediacy.

An arguement that often comes up about The National is of which is better out of their last two albums , 'Alligator' (2005) and 'Boxer' (2007). 'Alligator' is harder and rawer than 'Boxer' however the latters subtle production and togetherness hold it together better. So with these two great albums there is very high expectations with the latest record to beat these last two, an impossiblity it almost seems. I believe they have though as it combines everythings that came before but takes it to another level instrumentally and especially vocally.

There is a great Drowned in Sound interview that is linked below that does justice to the album

DiS Review

Also here is a great session for in a haunted house playing the new tracks, it's beautifully filmed aswell.

Pitchfork 'The National Film'

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Hi OoS,

On behalf of Beggars, 4AD and The National many thanks for plugging "High Violet" on your site (street date 11th May) ... .. thanks, also, on behalf of the label, management and artist for not posting any pirate links to unreleased (studio) material and, if you / your readers want good quality, non-pirated, preview tracks, then a full length, high quality version of "BloodBuzz Ohio" is available for fans and bloggers to link to / post / host etc from and “Afraid of Everyone” is now also available from ... .. for further details of the new album, on-line promotions, videos and 2010 shows, check-out the official site, as well as the band's MySpace at and YouTube channel at ... .. and keep an eye on these official sources for details of further news, preview material and on-line promotions.

Also and as a goodwill gesture to fans and bloggers, an exclusive preview stream of the full album is currently available via NPR as part of their ‘First Listen’ series at and via KCRW “On Demand” at ... .. these are for hyper-linking, or embedding the sites’ official widgets and for streaming by fans directly off NPR and KCRW, so please reciprocate this goodwill gesture by NOT ripping or re-embedding these files. Last, but not least, keep an eye on for the “Castle Rock Sessions” featuring live versions of tracks off “High Violet”.

Thanks again for your plug.