It’s been eight years since Berninger screamed on record, and now that act appears to have served as some kind of exfoliant. (He also quit smoking in 2011.) His vocals are deeper and richer than ever, as well as more tuneful and elegant. The National’s dirty secret is that for all of the Dessner brothers’ orchestral ambitions, these songs are simple things: Instantly memorable melodies and minimal chord progressions become familiar after one listen, and then there’s a pivot, usually undetectable the first time around, that takes the National towards one of their proprietary grand finales. The greatness lies in when the listener connects the two and realizes they’re part of the same song.
mymissus replied to your post: Tumblr, I need your best upbeat, chilled-out,…I dare you not to be happy when listening to “Real Talk” by Anna Lunoe and Touch Sensitive
Tumblr, I need your best upbeat, chilled-out, happy music recommendations, STAT.
THE NATIONAL | I Need My Girl
I can’t get my head around it
I keep feeling smaller and smaller
I need my girl
Those jangly Mark Knopfler-esque guitars are murdering me.
With deference to the genius of David Bowie, here’s Space Oddity, recorded on Station. A last glimpse of the World.
Huge thanks in the making of the video to the talented trio of Emm Gryner, Joe Corcoran and Andrew Tidby, plus Evan Hadfield and all at the CSA.
Actual perfect human Chris Hadfield!
That kind of lux just ain’t for us/we crave a different kind of buzz
Summer Jam 2013.
365 days of music challenge - day 42: lover, you should have come over | jeff buckleylooking out the door i see the rain fall upon the funeral mourners / parading in a wake of sad relations as their shoes fill up with water / and maybe i’m too young to keep good love from going wrong / but tonight you’re on my mind so you never know
File under: songs that will always make AND ruin my day when they come up on shuffle
Oh, will I ever learn
Alana had an extra ticket to The National’s secret Artists Den show/taping at the Park Ave Armory tonight and we were right up at the front and they played a ton of songs from the new album and holy shit guys, what an amazing band playing amazing music in an amazing space.
death cab for cutie | steadier footing
but we just talk about
the people we’ve met in the last five years
and will we remember them in ten more
Janelle Monáe - Q.U.E.E.N. Feat. Erykah Badu
Source: SoundCloud / Atlantic Records
Glorify this moment, for thy shall never experience anything like this again.
what the heck now
This is by far the greatest reimagining of any song in existence.
Stop what you’re doing and listen to this right now - how did I not hear this sooner?