After a record (no pun intended) of three consecutive and consistently successful albums, indie alternative rock band The National has just announced the debut of the newest set of sounds listeners have been anxiously awaiting. Their 6th studio album, Trouble Will Find Me, will be out on May 21st and fans should prep themselves for more than just the deep, reverential register of Tom Berninger’s voice. The album also features vocalists Annie Clark (St. Vincent) and Sharon Van Etten, drum machine and synths from Sufjan Stevens, and collaboration from Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry, among others.
Following up 2010’s High Violet’s emotional unfolding of thoughts about the city versus country, age, changing responsibilities (mostly inspired by Matt Berninger’s experiences as a new father), and everyday issues, both serious and light—we’re wondering what’s type of content is in store for the new album. Berniger gives us some insight into the musical process: “For the past ten years we’d been chasing something, wanting to prove something. And this chase was about trying to disprove out own insecurities”. At a point in The National’s career where they’ve established a distinct and successful sound, members assert Trouble Will Find Me as a sort of cathartic resolve to their collective “chase”.
Premiering at New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival on April 17th, documentary Mistaken for Strangers is also something to keep on your horizon. The film, directed by Matt Berninger’s brother, Tom, is something to look forward to as it presents an interesting chronicle of the band’s 2010 High Violet tour. Be sure to check it out, along with Trouble Will Find Me—its debut arriving just in time to enjoy for the summer.