February 3, 2023

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The National Tease new album featuring “Mrs. Bridgers”, “Taylor” and “Uncle Sufjan”

The National tease something new. Matt Berninger and Co. took social media to share a new teaser clip showing the singer at a piano bench with a coffee mug and a copy of the classic Mary Shelley novel Frankenstein. In the clip, Berninger turns to face the camera while a sparse piano line is played in the background.

The post also includes a link to a password-protected section of her website at americanmary.com/lp9. As Stereogum points out, fans have already discovered that the password “EVIL FOREBODINGS” gives them access to a website containing a short video clip with audio of two new songs.

The clip shows a static shot of an open book with text similar to Shelly’s original novel, but with a few key differences. The page is written in the style of a letter with a famous addressee: “To Mrs. Bridgers, England”; It also mentions people named “Taylor” and “Uncle Sufjan”.

The video is accompanied by clips of two new songs. The first clip features Berninger’s voice over the same piano line featured on her social media post, while the second features a drum machine and guitar lines. Check it out on the band’s website.

The National’s eighth studio album, I Am Easy to Find, was released in May 2019. They have since collaborated with Bon Iver and the London Contemporary Orchestra on a song called “Weird Goodbyes,” the classic “Neu! song “I’m Lucky” and appeared – at least in part – on Taylor Swift’s 2020 album Folklore, with Bryan Devendorf, Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner as contributors. Berninger also sings in the Evermore duet “Coney Island”.

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