The National I Am Easy to FindNew release

I Am Easy to Find

The National

Released on May 17, 2019 by 4AD

Main artist: The National

Genre: Pop/Rock > Rock > Alternative & Indie

Distinctions: 4F de Télérama ( May 2019)

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The National's eighth record came from prosaic beginnings. Director Mike Mills -- not to be confused with the bassist from R.E.M., as he so often is -- invited Matt Berninger to collaborate, a notion that quickly spawned two projects: a short film from Mills and a new album from the National, both entitled I Am Easy to Find. Mills is credited as a co-producer on the album, a bit of a stretch considering how he is by no means a musician, but his contributions did indeed help the album take shape. Beginning with a clutch of outtakes from Sleep Well Beast, the National and Mills formed these scraps into the elusive, shape-shifting I Am Easy to Find. Lasting a lengthy 64 minutes, I Am Easy to Find paints intimacy on an epic scale: everything sounds hushed, as private as a secret, yet there's a sweep to the execution. Considering this grand scale along with the album's origins and Mills' presence, it's tempting to call I Am Easy to Find cinematic, yet that suggests a possible narrative cohesion to its 16 songs when the National aren't interested in a story, they're concerned with impressions. The songs of Matt Berninger and Carin Besser are contained units where each line fits together tightly, an aesthetic that ties together the album without quite lending the album a theme; if this music is cinematic, it's the equivalent of an evening's worth of tasteful experimental films. What distinguishes the album is the National's openness toward collaboration, a notion that is not limited to Mills. Highlighted by Sharon Van Etten and Gail Ann Dorsey -- a veteran of David Bowie's band -- the National invite a number of female vocalists to sing on the album, lending I Am Easy to Find a welcome sense of openness. Where the National can often seem hermetically sealed -- such insularity is a key to their appeal -- I Am Easy to Find has loose ends and picturesque detours in addition to a revolving cast of characters and a suggestion of mess that give the album an appealingly unkempt sense of humanity. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Album : 1 disk - 16 tracks Total length : 01:03:35

  1. 1 You Had Your Soul With You

    Mike Mills, Producer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer - The National, Artist, MainArtist - BUG MUSIC, MusicPublisher - Thomas Bartlett, Composer - Matt Berninger, Producer - Bryce Dessner, Composer, Producer - ABD13 Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Ten Century (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Val Jester Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Carin Besser, Lyricist - Hawk Ridge Songs, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

  2. 2 Quiet Light

    Mike Mills, Producer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer - The National, Artist, MainArtist - BUG MUSIC, MusicPublisher - Matt Berninger, Lyricist, Producer - Bryce Dessner, Composer, Producer - ABD13 Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Ten Century (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Val Jester Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Hawk Ridge Songs, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

  3. 3 Roman Holiday

    Mike Mills, Producer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer - The National, Artist, MainArtist - BUG MUSIC, MusicPublisher - Matt Berninger, Lyricist, Producer - Bryce Dessner, Producer - ABD13 Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Ten Century (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Val Jester Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Hawk Ridge Songs, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

  4. 4 Oblivions

    Mike Mills, Producer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer - The National, Artist, MainArtist - BUG MUSIC, MusicPublisher - Matt Berninger, Lyricist, Producer - Bryce Dessner, Composer, Producer - ABD13 Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Ten Century (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Val Jester Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Carin Besser, Lyricist - Hawk Ridge Songs, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

  5. 5 The Pull Of You

    Mike Mills, Producer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer - The National, Artist, MainArtist - BUG MUSIC, MusicPublisher - Matt Berninger, Lyricist, Producer - Bryce Dessner, Producer - ABD13 Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Ten Century (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Val Jester Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Carin Besser, Lyricist - Hawk Ridge Songs, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

  6. 6 Hey Rosey

    Mike Mills, Producer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer - The National, Artist, MainArtist - BUG MUSIC, MusicPublisher - Matt Berninger, Producer - Bryce Dessner, Producer - ABD13 Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Ten Century (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Val Jester Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Carin Besser, Lyricist - Hawk Ridge Songs, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

  7. 7 I Am Easy To Find

    Mike Mills, Producer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer - The National, Artist, MainArtist - BUG MUSIC, MusicPublisher - Matt Berninger, Lyricist, Producer - Bryce Dessner, Composer, Producer - ABD13 Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Ten Century (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Val Jester Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Hawk Ridge Songs, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

  8. 8 Her Father In The Pool

    Mike Mills, Producer - Aaron Dessner, Producer - The National, Artist, MainArtist - BUG MUSIC, MusicPublisher - Matt Berninger, Producer - Bryce Dessner, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - ABD13 Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Ten Century (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Val Jester Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Hawk Ridge Songs, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

  9. 9 Where Is Her Head

    Mike Mills, Lyricist, Producer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer - The National, Artist, MainArtist - BUG MUSIC, MusicPublisher - Matt Berninger, Lyricist, Producer - Bryce Dessner, Producer - ABD13 Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Ten Century (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Val Jester Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Carin Besser, Lyricist - Hawk Ridge Songs, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

  10. 10 Not In Kansas

    Mike Mills, Producer - Mark Davies, Composer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer - The National, Artist, MainArtist - BUG MUSIC, MusicPublisher - Matt Berninger, Lyricist, Producer - Bryce Dessner, Producer - ABD13 Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Ten Century (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Val Jester Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Hawk Ridge Songs, MusicPublisher - Anne Eickelberg, Composer - Brian Hageman, Composer - Hugh Swarts, Composer - Jay Paget, Composer Copyright : 2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

  11. 11 So Far So Fast

    Mike Mills, Producer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer - The National, Artist, MainArtist - BUG MUSIC, MusicPublisher - Matt Berninger, Lyricist, Producer - Bryce Dessner, Composer, Producer - ABD13 Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Ten Century (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Val Jester Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Hawk Ridge Songs, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

  12. 12 Dust Swirls In Strange Light

    Mike Mills, Lyricist, Producer - Aaron Dessner, Producer - The National, Artist, MainArtist - BUG MUSIC, MusicPublisher - Matt Berninger, Producer - Bryce Dessner, Composer, Producer - ABD13 Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Ten Century (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Val Jester Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Hawk Ridge Songs, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

  13. 13 Hairpin Turns

    Mike Mills, Producer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer - The National, Artist, MainArtist - BUG MUSIC, MusicPublisher - Matt Berninger, Lyricist, Producer - Bryce Dessner, Composer, Producer - ABD13 Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Ten Century (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Val Jester Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Carin Besser, Lyricist - Hawk Ridge Songs, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

  14. 14 Rylan

    Mike Mills, Producer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer - The National, Artist, MainArtist - BUG MUSIC, MusicPublisher - Matt Berninger, Lyricist, Producer - Bryce Dessner, Producer - ABD13 Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Ten Century (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Val Jester Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Hawk Ridge Songs, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

  15. 15 Underwater

    Mike Mills, Producer - Aaron Dessner, Producer - The National, Artist, MainArtist - BUG MUSIC, MusicPublisher - Matt Berninger, Producer - Bryce Dessner, Composer, Producer - ABD13 Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Ten Century (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Val Jester Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Hawk Ridge Songs, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

  16. 16 Light Years

    Mike Mills, Producer - Aaron Dessner, Composer, Producer - The National, Artist, MainArtist - BUG MUSIC, MusicPublisher - Matt Berninger, Lyricist, Producer - Bryce Dessner, Producer - ABD13 Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Ten Century (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Val Jester Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Hawk Ridge Songs, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

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  • The National's eighth record came from prosaic beginnings. Director Mike Mills -- not to be confused with the bassist from R.E.M., as he so often is -- invited Matt Berninger to collaborate, a notion that quickly spawned two projects: a short film from Mills and a new album from the National, both entitled I Am Easy to Find. Mills is credited as a co-producer on the album, a bit of a stretch considering how he is by no means a musician, but his contributions did indeed help the album take shape. Beginning with a clutch of outtakes from Sleep Well Beast, the National and Mills formed these scraps into the elusive, shape-shifting I Am Easy to Find. Lasting a lengthy 64 minutes, I Am Easy to Find paints intimacy on an epic scale: everything sounds hushed, as private as a secret, yet there's a sweep to the execution. Considering this grand scale along with the album's origins and Mills' presence, it's tempting to call I Am Easy to Find cinematic, yet that suggests a possible narrative cohesion to its 16 songs when the National aren't interested in a story, they're concerned with impressions. The songs of Matt Berninger and Carin Besser are contained units where each line fits together tightly, an aesthetic that ties together the album without quite lending the album a theme; if this music is cinematic, it's the equivalent of an evening's worth of tasteful experimental films. What distinguishes the album is the National's openness toward collaboration, a notion that is not limited to Mills. Highlighted by Sharon Van Etten and Gail Ann Dorsey -- a veteran of David Bowie's band -- the National invite a number of female vocalists to sing on the album, lending I Am Easy to Find a welcome sense of openness. Where the National can often seem hermetically sealed -- such insularity is a key to their appeal -- I Am Easy to Find has loose ends and picturesque detours in addition to a revolving cast of characters and a suggestion of mess that give the album an appealingly unkempt sense of humanity. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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