It looks like it may soon be time to stop tugging on our sweatshirt drawstrings, as the anxious wait for a new National album may soon be over.
The band has released a new teaser video on its Facebook page, featuring a news-style ticker tape featuring the words “Sleep Well Beast” and “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness.” Watch below:
The footage is voyeuristic and arthouse-y—emphasis on “house,” as that is the primary focus of the 26-second video—with an electronic underscore. The band also appears to have conceptualized a new logo, with a graphic style befitting of a real estate or home insurance company.
The band has been treating show-goers will new material in recent months. Earlier this year, they unveiled the new song “Turtleneck” at a Planned Parenthood benefit in Washington, D.C.
It’s likely that this means we are finally getting a follow-up to 2013’s Trouble Will Find Me, as frontman Matt Berninger told NME last August that they had definitely been recording:
“We’re playing together in a room, which means we’re jamming more. But it’s not a jam record at all – the songs are much more like weird, math-y, electronic-y stuff.”
Berninger also said, “A lot of songs are going in completely different directions. But that’s a really fun place to be. We’re in the middle of the wilderness, in a rainforest full of really fun noises.”
The singer offered another description interview in an interview with Pitchfork last October: “It’s really dark and there aren’t any dick references on the new National record.” He expanded on some of the lyrical themes, saying, “It’s about marriage, and it’s about marriages falling apart. I’m happily married, and but it’s hard, marriage is hard and my wife and I are writing the lyrics together about our own struggles.”
Berninger has been particularly vocal about politics lately, expressing his love for Hillary in a podcast for Rolling Stone, while expressing his contempt for Trump with a contribution from his side project El Vy to Dave Egger’s anti-Trump 30 Days, 30 Songs project. Watch that below: