‘I am Easy To Find’ is the much anticipated album from New York based indie alt-rock The National and the follow up to their critically acclaimed and Grammy award winning ‘Sleep Well Beast’ 2017. The bands - Matt Berninger, Scott Devendorf, Bryan Devendorf, Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner - eighth studio album features vocal contributions from Sharon Van Etten, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle and more.
As the album’s opening track ‘You Had Your Soul With You’ unfurls it’s so far, so National: a digitally manipulated guitar line, skittering drums, Berninger’s familiar baritone, mounting tension. Then around the 2:15 mark, the true nature of ‘I Am Easy To Find’ announces itself: The racket subsides, strings swell and the voice of long-time David Bowie bandmate Gail Ann Dorsey booms out - not as background vocals, not as a hook but to take over the song. Elsewhere it’s Irish singer songwriter Lisa Hannigan, or Sharon Van Etten, or Mina Tindle or Kate Stables of This Is The Kit, or varying combinations of them. Also, The Brooklyn Youth Choir, whom Bryce Dessner had worked with before. There are choral arrangements and strings on nearly every track, largely put together by Bryce in Paris - not a negation of the band’s dramatic tendencies but a redistribution of them.
“Yes, there are a lot of women singing on this, but it wasn't because, ‘Oh, let’s have more women’s voices,’” says Berninger. “It was more, ‘Let’s have more of a fabric of people’s identities.’ It would have been better to have had other male singers but my ego wouldn’t let that happen.”
A companion short film with the same name will also be released with music by The National and inspired by the album. The film was directed by Academy Award-nominated director Mike Mills (20th Century Women, Beginners) and stars Academy Award-Winner Alicia Vikander. Mills, along with the band, is credited as co-producer of the album, which was mostly recorded at Long Pond, Hudson Valley, NY with additional sessions in Paris, Berlin, Cincinnati, Austin, Dublin, Brooklyn and more far flung locations.
Deluxe 3LP set pressed on red / grey / yellow 140s vinyl set in tri-fold jacket with printed innersleeves, 24 page booklet and 24” x 24” poster folder housed in printed plastic sleeve.Side 5 on the 3LP edition contains 22 minutes of music from the ‘I Am Easy To Find’ Original Film Score - exclusive to this format. Side 6 on the 3LP is an etching.
2LP edition pressed on 180g black vinyl.