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 Pitchfork.tv in a haunted house playing the new tracks, it's beautifully filmed aswell.
Two piece (guitar/drums/dual vocals) noisey-punk-pop inspired by the likes of Husker Du, My Bloody Valentine and Black Flag who recently completed a tour of California playing renowned DIY venues such as The Smell (home of No Age, Mika Miko etc) and Burger Records store (Ty Segall, Jay Reatard ).
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