New Release & Video: The National – Hairpin Turns

The National recently announced their eighth studio album I Am Easy To Find, due out May 17th, and its eponymously-titled companion short film written by Academy Award-nominated director Mike Mills, starring Alicia Vikander

The band have now released album track ‘Hairpin Turns,’ featuring Gail Ann Dorsey and Lisa Hannigan, alongside a Mills directed music video with vocal performances from Dorsey, Mina Tindle, Kate Stables and featuring dancer Sharon Eyal, co-founder, co-artistic director and choreographer of L-E-V Dance Group

Watch the video below…

“The video is a very simple portrait of the band (and the friends who helped make the song) and the song itself: You see all the instruments that make up the song in isolation, even hear them recorded live on set over the album version, kind of like showing you the tracks that make up the song,” shared Mike Mills. “And you see everyone who contributed alone, including Gail Ann Dorsey, Pauline Delasser (aka Mina Tindle) and Kate Stables – but your mind puts them together. The dancer Sharon Eyal is sort of a continuation of Alicia Vikander’s character from the film I Am Easy To Find. We thought of her as Alicia’s unconscious, or her shadow self – that has her own life in this space”

To celebrate the release of the new record and short film, The National have announced a number of worldwide screening and listening events this week. These will give fans across the world their first chance to hear the new album and watch Mike Mills’ short film in cinema quality, before its official release on May 17th

Events will take place in Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Chicago, London, Liverpool, Glasgow, Leeds, Tokyo, Sydney, Melbourne, Madrid, Barcelona, Oslo, Copenhagen, Milan and Mexico City

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,” – they share music and words and DNA and impulses and a vision about what it means to be human in 2019, but don’t necessarily need one another. The movie was composed like a piece of music; the music was assembled like a film, by a film director. The frontman and natural focal point was deliberately and dramatically side-staged in favour of a variety of female voices, nearly all of whom have long been in the group’s orbit. It is unlike anything either artist has ever attempted and also totally in line with how they’ve created for much of their careers

I Am Easy To Find tracklisting…

  1. You Had Your Soul With You
  2. Quiet Light
  3. Roman Holiday
  4. Oblivions
  5. The Pull Of You
  6. Hey Rosey
  7. I Am Easy To Find
  8. Her Father In The Pool
  9. Where Is Her Head
  10. Not In Kansas
  11. So Far So Fast
  12. Dust Swirls In Strange Light
  13. Hairpin Turns
  14. Rylan
  15. Underwater
  16. Light Years

Tour dates as follows…

15 May – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
11 June – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center*
12 June – Brooklyn, NY @ Prospect Park*
13 June – Brooklyn, NY @ Prospect Park*
15 June – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
16 June – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy*
17 June – St Augustine, FL @ St Augustine Amphitheatre*
19 June – Washington, DC @ The Anthem*
20 June – Portland, ME @ Thompson’s Point*
21 June – Montreal, QC @ Place des Arts
22 June – Hamilton, ON @ Pier 8**
24 June – Columbus, OH @ Express Live*
25 June – Ann Arbor, MI @ Hill Auditorium*
26 June – Indianapolis, IN @ Farm Bureau Lawn*
28 June – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion**
29 June – Minneapolis, MN @ Walker Art Center
30 June – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
10 July – Manchester, UK @ Castlefield Bowl
12 July – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival
13 July – London, UK @ Hyde Park
15 July – Frankfurt, DE @ Jahrhunderthalle
16 July – Hamburg, DE @ Stadtpark
18 July – Rättvik, SE @ Dalhalla
4 August – Waterford, IE @ All Together Now
6 August – Glasgow, UK @ Summer Nights at the Bandstand
7 August – Glasgow, UK @ Summer Nights at the Bandstand
9 August – Sicily, IT @ Ypsigrock
10 August – Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival
11 August – Buftea, RO @ Summer Well
14 August – Paredes de Coura, PT @ Paredes de Coura
16 August – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
16-18 August – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands
18 August – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
28 August – Vancouver, BC @ Deer Lake Park**
29 August – Seattle, WA @ Marymoor Park**
30 August – Portland, OR @ Edgefield**
1 September – Stanford, CA @ Frost Amphitheater**
2 September – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre**
3 September – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre**
5 September – Ogden, UT @ Ogden Ampitheater**
6 September – Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom**
7 September – Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom**
8 September – Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Opera House**
10 September – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheatre**
11 September – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall**
16 October – Mexico City, MX @ Pepsi Center
24 October – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
25 November – Warsaw, PL @ Torwar Hall
26 November – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
27 November – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
29 November – Copenhagen, DK @ Royal Arena
1 December – Bochum, DE @ RuhrCongress Bochum
2 December – Cologne, DE @ Palladium
3 December – Zurich, SW @ Samsung Hall
4 December – Munich, DE @ Zenith
5 December – Stuttgart, DE @ Porsche Arena

*w/ Courtney Barnett
**w/ Alvvays


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