The National continue to amp up the anticipation ahead of the Sept. 8 release of Sleep Well Beast by dishing out one more single from the album. The song puts Matt Berninger’s simmering vocals and mournful lyrics against an upbeat tempo, with delicately soaring guitar riffs chiming in throughout.
Matching the energetic pace of the song is the video accompanying the track: an impressively compiled time-lapse clip directed by Casey Reas, displaying over 5,000 photos taken by Graham MacIndoe of the band’s rehearsal at Paris’ Le Centquarte Paris. The black-and-white shots were overlaid with flickering color lights abstracted from broadcast television signals, Reas revealed in a statement.
Leading up to the Sleep Well Beast’s arrival via 4AD, the band announced some release-week events, including a SiriusXMU takeover starting Sept. 4, a livestream performance of the album from Philadelphia Sept. 5 and an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Sept. 7, eventually culminating in the celebration that is the release show at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom. The next morning, the band will also appear on CBS This Morning.
“The Day I Die” is the fourth single released from their forthcoming album, a follow-up to “Carin at the Liquor Store,” “Guilty Party” and “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness.” Watch the video above, and listen to a The National performance from the Paste Cloud below.