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Serpentine Prison

Matt Berninger

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A band is like a couple, the secret to a long-lasting relationship is to how to reserve time for yourself. Such is the case with American band The National who have been together for 20 years. Here, their singer, Matt Berninger, has undergone his first project outside the band, but he is not alone. Tens of musicians have participated in Serpentine Prison including Gail Ann Dorsey (Bowie’s loyal former bassist among others), Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson’s lucky harmonicist), Andrew Bird, as well as even three members of The National. The album is produced by the legendary Booker T. Jones, who also contributes on the keys. This star-studded line-up have created a modest work in contrast to the blockbuster album you might expect. Less rock-oriented than with The National, Berninger toes the line between acoustic and the genre the Americans and Brits would refer to as “singer-songwriter”, a strain of folk and country where the lyrics are as important as the music itself. With its American style, the album sounds like the soundtrack to a night-time road trip with moments of ecstasy, reverie and even weariness. With his deep vocals and elegantly minimalistic accompaniments (piano, guitars, light brass sections), Matt Berninger confidently blends traces of crooners like Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen. Pleasantly produced, Serpentine Prison plunges the listener into the delights of a dreamy autumn scene. A trip into the depths America that only music can make reachable. © Stéphane Deschamps/Qobuz

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1
My Eyes Are T-Shirts
00:02:40

Booker T. Jones, Producer, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Barrick, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gail Ann Dorsey, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Hayden Desser, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Sean O'Brien, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Berninger, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Scott Devendorf, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Harrison Whitford, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Matt Berninger.

2
Distant Axis
00:04:25

Booker T. Jones, Producer, Piano, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Barrick, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Martin, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Synthesizer Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Bird, Violin, Guitar Loops, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sean O'Brien, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Berninger, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Harrison Whitford, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Matt Berninger.

3
One More Second
00:05:22

Booker T. Jones, Producer, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Barrick, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gail Ann Dorsey, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sean O'Brien, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Berninger, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Scott Devendorf, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Knopf, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Harrison Whitford, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Sheehy, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Matt Berninger.

4
Loved So Little
00:04:55

Mickey Raphael, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Booker T. Jones, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Brewer, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Barrick, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Martin, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Bird, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Gail Ann Dorsey, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sean O'Brien, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Berninger, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kyle Resnick, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Lanz, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Harrison Whitford, Guitar, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Matt Berninger.

5
Silver Springs
00:03:53

Mickey Raphael, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Booker T. Jones, Producer, Piano, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Barrick, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gail Ann Dorsey, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sean O'Brien, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Matt Berninger, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kyle Resnick, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Lanz, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Harrison Whitford, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Matt Berninger.

6
Oh Dearie
00:03:16

Mickey Raphael, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Booker T. Jones, Producer, Bass Guitar, Piano, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Barrick, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Bird, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Gail Ann Dorsey, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sean O'Brien, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Matt Berninger, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kyle Resnick, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Harrison Whitford, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Matt Berninger.

7
Take Me Out of Town
00:04:11

Booker T. Jones, Producer, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Barrick, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Hayden Desser, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sean O'Brien, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Berninger, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kyle Resnick, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Lanz, Bass Guitar, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Harrison Whitford, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Matt Berninger.

8
Collar Of Your Shirt
00:05:14

Booker T. Jones, Producer, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Brewer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Barrick, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Martin, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Bird, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sean O'Brien, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Berninger, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Harrison Whitford, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Matt Berninger.

9
All For Nothing
00:03:05

Mickey Raphael, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Booker T. Jones, Producer, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Barrick, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Bird, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sean O'Brien, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Berninger, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brent Knopf, Guitar, Piano, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kyle Resnick, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Lanz, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Harrison Whitford, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Sheehy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jamie Heaslip, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Matt Berninger.

10
Serpentine Prison
00:04:32

Mickey Raphael, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Booker T. Jones, Producer, Keyboards, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Barrick, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Sean O'Brien, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Matt Berninger, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kyle Resnick, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Lanz, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Harrison Whitford, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Matt Berninger.

Album Description

A band is like a couple, the secret to a long-lasting relationship is to how to reserve time for yourself. Such is the case with American band The National who have been together for 20 years. Here, their singer, Matt Berninger, has undergone his first project outside the band, but he is not alone. Tens of musicians have participated in Serpentine Prison including Gail Ann Dorsey (Bowie’s loyal former bassist among others), Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson’s lucky harmonicist), Andrew Bird, as well as even three members of The National. The album is produced by the legendary Booker T. Jones, who also contributes on the keys. This star-studded line-up have created a modest work in contrast to the blockbuster album you might expect. Less rock-oriented than with The National, Berninger toes the line between acoustic and the genre the Americans and Brits would refer to as “singer-songwriter”, a strain of folk and country where the lyrics are as important as the music itself. With its American style, the album sounds like the soundtrack to a night-time road trip with moments of ecstasy, reverie and even weariness. With his deep vocals and elegantly minimalistic accompaniments (piano, guitars, light brass sections), Matt Berninger confidently blends traces of crooners like Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen. Pleasantly produced, Serpentine Prison plunges the listener into the delights of a dreamy autumn scene. A trip into the depths America that only music can make reachable. © Stéphane Deschamps/Qobuz

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