The NATIONAL – ” Guilty Party / The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness “

Posted: June 29, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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The National’s new album ‘Sleep Well Beast’ is released 8th September on 4AD Records on limited 2xLP, CD and digitally, featuring ‘The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness’The National have now shared the second single from their forthcoming seventh album Sleep Well Beast. Watch the video for the haunting new tune, titled “Guilty Party,” below along with the first single. The National will tour the world in support of their new album beginning this fall. Last week in Paris and the U.K., the band performed new songs from Sleep Well Beast live for the first time during their Glastonbury main stage set .

In honor of their forthcoming record, The National will throw a Guilty Party at New York’s Basilica Hudson July 14-15th. The event, a collaborative concert performed in the round, features Buke & Gase, Nadia Sirota, Mouse on Mars, So Percussion and others. Video artist Casey Reas, who directed the band’s “Guilty Party” and “The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness” videos, will contribute live projection mapping for the event, which sounds like both an eye-popping and ear-pleasing experience. Mikkeller will provide the beer.

The National have released just 700 tickets for each night of the Guilty Party. Each guest in attendance will walk away with a 7-inch split including “Guilty Party” and lead Sleep Well Beast single “The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness.” A portion of ticket sales will benefit Basilica Hudson itself, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts center housed in a reclaimed 1880s industrial factory on the Hudson River.

Enough about the Guilty Party—on to the “Guilty Party.” Reas explained his vision for the new tune’s Rorschach test of a video in a statement: “The video is a dream about memory and the degradation of memory; it’s about distance in time and space,” he said. “Time moves forward, but then backward as memory. The image of the two-faced Roman god Janus, who can look into the past and future, is the core visual language.”

The new album, Sleep Well Beast, out September 8th, 2017

The National Share Second <i>Sleep Well Beast</i> Single, "Guilty Party"

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