New from The National and Bon Iver: Stream “Weird Goodbyes”; The National On Tour Now


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Two pillars of the indie/rock world teamed up for a new song, “Weird Goodbyes,” which was debuted on Monday. Combining the talents of The National and Bon Iver, the track is a melding of sounds from the revered acts and delivers on all counts:

“It’s about letting go of the past and moving on, then later being overwhelmed by second thoughts,” says The National lead singer Matt Berninger of the song. “Weird Goodbyes” also features string arrangements from the London Contemporary Orchestra, as orchestrated by The National’s Bryce Dessner.

Said Dessner:

“‘Weird Goodbyes’ was one of the first new songs we made. I was misusing drum machines, as usual, and stumbled onto this beat that got stuck in my head — it felt like something only Bryan could naturally play. We built the song around the beat. Matt’s melody and words felt so elegant and moving from the beginning — mourning a loss of innocence and motivation, holding onto memories and feelings that inevitably slip away and the grief we all suffer in weird goodbyes.”

Catch The National on tour in the coming weeks and stay tuned for more from the band, whose most recent album is 2019’s I Am Easy to Find.

Aug 26: London, UK – All Points East
Aug 27: Manchester, UK – Depot Mayfield *
Aug 28: Edinburgh, UK – Connect Festival
Sept 10: Chattanooga, TN – Moon River Music Festival
Sept 12: Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre ^
Sept 13: Kansas City, MO – Grinders KC ~
Sept 14: Minneapolis, MN – Surly Brewing Festival Field ~
Sept 16: Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater ~ SOLD OUT
Sept 17: Maryland Heights, MO – Saint Louis Music Park ~
Sept 18: Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park ~
Sept 19: Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts ~
Sept 22: Boston, MA – Roadrunner ~ SOLD OUT
Sept 23: Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre ~ SOLD OUT
Sept 24: Harrisburg, PA – Harrisburg University ~
Sept 25: Bridgeport, CT – Seaside Park / Sound on Sound Festival

^ w/ Lucy Dacus
+ w/ Bartees Strange
* w/ Dry Cleaning
~ w/Indigo Sparke



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