Humiliation | The National | Trouble Will Find Me, 2013
All the LA women
Fall asleep while swimming
I got paid to fish them out
And then one day I lost the job
And I cried a little
I got fried a little
Then she laid her eyes on mine
And she said, “Babe, you’re better off”
Heavenfaced | The National | Trouble Will Find Me, 2013
Let’s go wait out in the fields with the ones we love.
“Sea of Love” - The National
Today has been a real handful for these guys. They participated in one of Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” segments, taking questions of all kinds from fans. Amidst all that action, they’ve also premiered this new video. In case you haven’t brushed up on your Russian post-punk (What?), the video is a tribute to one done by Zvuki Mu. Matt Berninger appears to have more difficulties with the mic hanging from the ceiling than his Russian counterpart, though.
“Sea of Love” is yet another song for The National’s catalog, already brimming with melancholy and worry. With a focus on a love lost, “Sea of Love” might be a deliberately misleading title as Berninger sings, “Hey Joy, sorry I hurt you but / They say love is a virtue, don’t they?” The National have made a career out of playing with our nagging doubts, and they’re still going strong. Their newest album Trouble Will Find Me is out May 21st on 4AD.
- Kevin Tappin
City Middle | The National | Alligator, 2005
Baby, We’ll Be Fine | The National | Alligator, 2005