Trouble Will Find Me, the sixth and latest full-length effort from Brooklyn based quintet the National was released back in May to critical praise among major publications and the blogosphere, and to commercial success, as the album landed in the top 5 of sales charts around the world – including being number 3 on the sales charts in the UK, Canada and here in the States. Although the record industry has changed over the past 15 years or so to the benefit and detriment of countless artists releasing work, such success by a band – let alone, a band considered an indie rock darling for most of its career – is rather unprecedented. And perhaps the level of success that the National have seen will be even more unprecedented as record sales have dramatically gone down.
Sonically, the quintet’s latest effort manages to reveal a subtle bit of growth of sonically from their excellent 2010 album, High Violet. On previously released singles the band still has a gorgeous sound but at times they sound a little less ornate – as though the shirt was loosening up a little bit. And yet, the material cements the band’s reputation for convey the complex and conflicting emotions and thoughts of adulthood. Their work manages the sorrow of profound, heart aching loss; anxious dread; confusion; the strength that comes from moving on; the joy and inherent fear in familial obligation; and more, in equal measure. It’s the sound of music with a very adult perspective — the sort of perspective that can only come from profound, adult experiences. Unlike countless other contemporary bands, the National never lets you forget that they’re grown-ass men with responsibilities and families. You’ll hear that in the latest single “Graceless."
The official video has the members of the band goofing off and rough housing around vocalist Matt Beringer’s parent’s house in their old hometown of Cincinnati, OH. Shot in a gorgeous black and white, the band’s antics take on a rather surreal Samuel Beckett-like feel.