I Am Easy To Find is The National’s eighth studio album and the follow-up to 2017’s GRAMMY®-award winning and chart topping release, Sleep Well Beast.
The new album is prefaced by opening track ‘You Had Your Soul With You’. As it unfurls, it’s so far, so National: a digitally manipulated guitar line, skittering drums, Matt 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.
I Am Easy To Find also features vocal contributions from Sharon Van Etten, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle, Kate Stables of This Is the Kit and more.
There are choral arrangements and strings on nearly every track, largely put together by Bryce Dessner in Paris—not a negation of the band’s dramatic tendencies, but a redistribution of them.
A companion short film of the same name will also be released with music by The National and inspired by the album.
The film is directed by Academy Award-nominated 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 recorded at Long Pond, Hudson Valley, NY with additional sessions in Paris, Berlin, Cincinnati, Austin, Dublin, Brooklyn and more far flung locations.
The band have announced “A Special Evening With The National,” a series of five unique events in Paris, New York, London, Toronto and Los Angeles. The Roy Thomson Hall date in Toronto on April 24th sold out in under an hour.
Further Canadian dates slated for later this summer include June 21st in M o n t r é a l (Place Des Arts), June 22nd Hamilton (Pier 8), and Aug. 28th Vancouver (Deer Lake Park).
I Am Easy To Find is available in 4 unique configurations: a CD, standard double LP on black vinyl, a deluxe limited edition triple LP featuring yellow, red and grey vinyl. The third piece of vinyl contains the ‘I Am Easy To Find Original Film Score’ on one side with an etching on the reverse. Additionally there is a limited edition indie exclusive 2 LP on clear vinyl.
More about the film I Am Easy To Find
On September 3, 2017, director Mike Mills emailed Matt Berninger to introduce himself and in very short order, the most ambitious project of the National’s nearly 20-year career was born and plans for a hard-earned vacation died. The Los Angeles-based filmmaker was coming off his third feature, 20th Century
Women, and was interested in working with the band on…something. A video maybe. Berninger, already a fan of Mills’ films, not only agreed to collaborate, he essentially handed over the keys to the band’s creative process.
The result is I Am Easy To Find, a 24-minute film by Mills starring Alicia Vikander, and I Am Easy to Find, a 68-minute album by the National. The former is not the video for the latter; the latter is not the soundtrack to the former. The two projects are, as Mills calls them, “Playfully hostile siblings that love to steal from each other.”
More about The National
Both individually and collectively The National’s members have been involved in countless artistic, charitable and socio-political pursuits. The group released ‘A Lot of Sorrow’ documenting their collaboration with installation artist Ragnar Kjartansson, that took place at MOMA’s PS1 and saw the band play their song ‘Sorrow’ for six hours in front of a live audience. They are behind the Red Hot benefit albums Dark Was The Night and Day Of The Dead, and the compilation boxed set titled 7-Inches for Planned Parenthood. Band members have received a Golden Globe Nomination for work on the score of the 2015 film Revenant, founded or play a major part in MusicNow, Eaux Claires and Haven Festival and Boston Calling, and participated heavily in both Barack Obama Presidential Campaigns, and much more.