After teasing a new album recently, The National confirmed it on Wednesday with a new single, the first from an album which indeed features Taylor Swift, Phoebe Bridgers and Sufjan Stevens.
Today, they shared a mendaciously sunny first single called "Tropic Morning News," the lead track off the album, dubbed First Two Pages of Frankenstein, which is out April 28 via 4AD. The song was co-written with lead singer Matt Berninger’s wife Carin Besser.
Last week, The National shared a clip on social media which teased new music and referenced "Mrs. Bridgers," “Taylor” and “Uncle Sufjan," which prompted speculation of a looming ninth album. Fortunately, fans were right.
The new album is said to have come after a busy stretch of touring following two back-to-back albums, which left lead singer Berninger navigating a "very dark spot where I couldn’t come up with lyrics or melodies at all," he says. "Even though we’d always been anxious whenever we were working on a record, this was the first time it ever felt like maybe things really had come to an end.”
According to guitarist/pianist Bryce Dessner, the band "managed to come back together and approach everything from a different angle, and because of that, we arrived at what feels like a new era for the band."
Adds brother and bandmate Aaron Dessner: “When Matt came in with that song in the depths of his depression, it felt like a turning point for us. It’s almost Dylan-esque in its lyrics and it’s so much fun to play; everything suddenly felt like it was coming alive again.”
Listen to "Tropic Morning News" now.