The National Debut "You Had Your Soul With You," First Single from Their Forthcoming Album I Am Easy to Find

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The National Debut "You Had Your Soul With You," First Single from Their Forthcoming Album <i>I Am Easy to Find</i>

Sleep well, beasts. The National are releasing 16 new songs for their forthcoming album I Am Easy To Find, out May 17 on 4AD Records.

The first single, album opener “You Had Your Soul With You,” features co-lead vocals from Gail Ann Dorsey, former band member and collaborator of David Bowie. The album will also feature a spattering of backing accompaniment from Lisa Hannigan, Sharon Van Etten, Mina Tindle, and Kate Stables of This Is the Kit.

Along with the album’s massive, 68-minute runtime, it will also be accompanied by a 24-minute short film directed by Mike Mills and starring Oscar winner Alicia Vikander.

Frontman Matt Berninger said of the narrative for their eighth studio album, and the band’s extensive history overall:

I’m pretty much just pulling apart the same onion and every album gets a little closer to the center. Sleep Well Beast was a dive into our marriage in some ways, but if that was a three-foot diving board, this one feels like a cliff dive into not just marriage, but identity. I don’t know if we’re any closer to the center of the onion, but I feel like I understand the onion a little better, and I feel better about the onion. I know that I am my dad, my mom, my daughter, my wife, my band, my friends, my grandmother, the guy who cut me off in traffic, the guy who didn’t cut me off in traffic. I am those experiences. I am those influences. This is just an aging bucket. All these records, and all these things, are my afterlife already.

Get carried by a swarm of bees down to the new track “You Had Your Soul With You” and watch the teaser for the I Am Easy To Find short film (featuring the studio recording of “Rylan”) below, and keep scrolling for The National’s 2007 Daytrotter Session, their album details and the full itinerary for their upcoming tour, featuring Courtney Barnett and Alvvays on select dates.

I Am Easy To Find Album Art:

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I Am Easy To Find Tracklist:
01. You Had Your Soul With You
02. Quiet Light
03. Roman Holiday
04. Oblivions
05. The Pull Of You
06. Hey Rosey
07. I Am Easy To Find
08. Her Father In The Pool
09. Where Is Her Head
10. Not In Kansas
11. So Far So Fast
12. Dust Swirls In Strange Light
13. Hairpin Turns
14. Rylan
15. Underwater
16. Light Years

The National Tour Dates:

April
16 – Paris, France @ Olympia SOLD OUT
18 – London, U.K. @ Royal Festival Hall SOLD OUT
22 – New York, N.Y. @ Beacon Theatre SOLD OUT
24 – Toronto, Ont. @ Roy Thomson Hall SOLD OUT
26 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Orpheum Theatre SOLD OUT

June
11 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Mann Center*
12 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Prospect Park Bandshell*
15 – Manchester, Tenn. @ Bonnaroo 
16 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Coca-Cola Roxy*
17 – St. Augustine, Fla. @ St Augustine Amphitheatre*
19 – Washington, D.C. @ The Anthem*
20 – Portland, Maine @ Thompson’s Point*
21 – Montreal, Que. @ Place des Arts
22 – Hamilton, Ont. @ Pier 8^
24 – Columbus, Ohio @ Express Live*
25 – Ann Arbor, Mich. @ Hill Auditorium*
26 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Lawn at White River*
28 – Chicago, Ill. @ Northerly Island^

July
10 – Manchester, U.K. @ Castlefield Bowl
12 – Madrid, Spain @ Mad Cool Festival
13 – London, U.K. @ Hyde Park
15 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Jahrhunderthalle
16 – Hamburg, Germany @ Stadtpark
18 – Rättvik, Sweden @ Dalhalla

August
04 – Waterford, Ireland @ All Together Now
06 – Glasgow, U.K. @ Summer Nights at the Bandstand
07 – Glasgow, U.K. @ Summer Nights at the Bandstand
09 – Sicily, Italy @ Ypsigrock
10 – Budapest, Hungary @ Sziget Festival
11 – Buftea, Romania @ Summer Well
14 – Paredes de Coura, Portugal @ Paredes de Coura
16 – Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop
16 – 18 – Biddinghuizen, Netherlands @ Lowlands
18 – Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop
28 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Deer Lake Park^
29 – Seattle, Wash. @ Marymoor Park^
30 – Portland, Ore. @ Edgefield^

September
01 – Stanford, Calif. @ Frost Amphitheater^
02 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Greek Theatre^
03 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Comerica Theatre^
05 – Ogden, Utah @ Ogden Amphitheater^
08 – Santa Fe, N.M. @ Santa Fe Opera House^
10 – Austin, Texas @ 360 Amphitheatre^
11 – Houston, Texas @ White Oak Music Hall^

November
25 – Warsaw, Poland @ Torwar Hall
26 – Berlin, Germany @ Columbiahalle
27 – Berlin, Germany @ Columbiahalle
29 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Royal Arena

December
01 – Bochum, Germany @ Ruhrcongress
02 – Cologne, Germany @ Palladium
03 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Samsung Hall
04 – Munich, Germany @ Zenith
05 – Stuttgart, Germany @ Porsche Arena

(* w/ Courtney Barnett)
(^ w/ Alvvays)

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