Back in May, The National announced their upcoming seventh album, Sleep Well Beast. Since then, they’ve shared two singles: “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” and “Guilty Party.” Today, the indie rock outfit have unveiled another new song, “Carin at the Liquor Store” with a color inverted video filmed by La Blogothèque.
Opening with somber, ballad-style piano chords, singer Matt Berninger’s melancholic voice hums, “I was a war, I was a creature / Get on the ground the second I’d see you / You cannot come buy your love.” His sullen baritone voice drags itself slowly across the stomping piano chords. Tumbling drums and droning bass guitar notes fade into the mix, as Sigur Ros-style ambient guitar notes float through the instrumental. “So blame it on me / I really don’t care / It’s a foregone conclusion,” sings Berninger for the hook. “Carin at the Liquor Store” perfectly encapsulates The National’s brokenhearted indie sound. The new single closes on a concessive note: “I’m already seeing stars in the air / It’s a foregone conclusion.”
The video was directed by Casey Reas and edited by Matthew Miller. It’s a simple visual story of the band performing in a low-key setting. All of the color has been inverted, turning each member a different haze of platinum blue, with flares of purple, yellow, and black. The National previously collaborated with La Blogothèque a decade ago, when they performed A Take Away Show in Perpignan in September 2007.
The band are touring all over the map this summer, extending into December. Every ticket purchased for their North American tour comes with a digital copy of the new album, as well. They’ll be joined with support from Daughter, Local Natives, This Is The Kit, and Adia Victoria. You can find more information about the tour here, and pre-order the new album here.