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The National will release their new album, Trouble Will Find Me, on May 21st.

The band collaborated with many talented musicians for this record, including Sufjan Stevens (drum machine and synths), St. Vincent’s Annie Clark (vocals), Sharon Van Etten (vocals) as well as Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry, Doveman, and Nona Marie Invie from Dark Dark Dark. Richard Reed Parry contributed to High Violet (double bass, electric guitar, piano, vocals, backing vocal arrangements on “Conversation 16”).

Trouble Will Find Me was self-produced by the band and recorded at Clubhouse Studios in New York. Matt Berninger described the album as follows:

For the past 10 years we’d been chasing something, wanting to prove something. And this chase was about trying to disprove our own insecurities. After touring High Violet, I think we felt like we’d finally gotten there. Now we could relax – not in terms of our own expectations but we didn’t have to prove our identity any longer.”

Aaron Dessner added: “our ideas would immediately click with each other. It’s free-wheeling again. The songs on one level are our most complex, and on another they’re our most simple and human. It just feels like we’ve embraced the chemistry we have.”

Bryan Devendorf noted that three album tracks, “I Should Live In Salt”, “Humiliation”, and “Graceless”, were all previously debuted live under different titles.

Trouble Will Find Me Tracklist:
01. I Should Live in Salt
02. Demons
03. Don’t Swallow the Cap
04. Fireproof
05. Sea of Love
06. Heavenfaced
07. This is the Last Time
08. Graceless
09. Slipped
10. I Need My Girl
11. Humiliation
12. Pink Rabbits
13. Hard to Find

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You’ve seen him playing guitar in the videos while Sufjan Stevens sings in “Futile Devices” and “Pleasure Principle”, now you can understand why.

Dessner’s collaboration with Stevens will culminate in the Netherlands. A concert has been commissioned for the musicians, who will also be joined by composer Nico Muhly at Muziekgebouw Eindhoven next year. The concert will take place on April 7th and the songs will revolve around a string quartet and seven trombones.

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