“Don’t Swallow the Cap” by The National // Trouble Will Find Me (Out 5.21.13 via 4AD)
The National are one of the best bands in the world. It seems like an easy fact to process in my brain at this point. I cannot remember ever being disappointed in the band’s creative output, live shows, or general all around solid vibe. “Trouble Will Find Me” is set to drop in a little over a month, but the band was good enough to release a second single today over at Youtube, for the track “Don’t Swallow the Cap”. Once again, the song finds the band pushing a driving beat as orchestral flourishes swell up around Matt Berninger’s soulful croon. It’s familiar territory, but it’s also a sound that the band does better than everyone else. A melancholic confessional that somehow leaves you feeling oddly triumphant in your normalcy. Berninger is a brilliant lyricist and it’s on full display here. Just press play. It’s a stunning track.