As always, you can view a list of music I'm excited for at my Upcoming Releases page!
Last week, The National announced their forthcoming seventh album, Sleep Well Beast.
The rock band from Cincinnati released their last album, Trouble Will Find Me, in 2013. The album earned them much critical acclaim and was also one of my personal favorites from that year.
The years since have seen every member engaged in some side project. Frontman Matt Berninger partnered up with Menomena's Brent Knopf as EL VY and released Return to the Moon in 2015. That same year Bryan Devendorf released Gunnera with Pfarmers, and the next year he and Scott Devendorf released a self-titled album as LNZNDRF. The Dessner twins continued their compositional work, including collaborating on the score for the 2016 film Transpecos.
They began talking about a follow-up to Trouble Will Find Me last year. They released a few teasers before announcing the album on Wednesday. They've also released a new track and video, "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness".
Sleep Well Beast is set to be released on September 8.
Also announced last week:
5 Billion in Diamonds - 5 Billion in Diamonds (August 11)
Baio - Man of the World (June 30)
Broken Social Scene - Hug of Thunder (July 7)
Calvin Harris - Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 (June 30)
Danny L Harle - 1UL (May 19)
Hundred Waters - Currency (out now)
Love Theme - Love Theme (June 23)
MC Buddy & Kaytranada - Ocean & Montana (May 19)
Nick Murphy - Missing Link (out now)
of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? Reissue (June 30)
Offa Rex - The Queen of Hearts (July 7)
Swet Shop Boys - Sufi La EP (May 26)
This Is the Kit - Moonshine Freeze (July 7)