New striking strokes

23 August 2022

(Info about the event here)

Three years after their 8th LP I Am Easy To Find,
Cincinnati combo THE NATIONAL are back in business.

They invited their close friend, Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon (not the first time)
for some vocal assistance on the brand new single WEIRD GOODBYES.
So far only rumors about a new longplayer.

Berninger: “It’s about letting go of the past and moving on,
then later being overwhelmed by second thoughts.”

The song features a string arrangement by Bryce Dessner,
performed by the London Contemporary Orchestra.

Aaron Dessner (co-founder of the band): “I somehow could hear our friend Justin [Vernon]’s voice and heart in this song from the beginning. We sent it to him and it moved him – he then sang with Matt so powerfully. I was misusing drum machines, as usual, and stumbled onto this beat that got stuck in my head — it felt like something only Bryan [Devendorf] could naturally play. We built the song around the beat. Matt’s melody and words felt so elegant and moving from the beginning — mourning a loss of innocence and motivation, holding onto memories and feelings that inevitably slip away and the grief we all suffer in weird goodbyes.”

Weird Goodbyes is vintage The National. Moody, melancholic, bluesy, and instantly
touching. Warm vocals by crooners Berninger and Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon.

Here’s the audio/ lyric clip.


BON IVER With Orchestral Beauty ‘SECOND NATURE’ For Netflix Movie

New striking strokes

10 December 2021

Just 1 day before Christmas (clever timing) new star-studded movie
Don’t Look Up – a dark sci/fi comedy – hits the Netflix screen featuring
Leonardo Di Caprio, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence and more.

The soundtrack for the Adam McKay-directed film – out now – features
several songs from the composer/pianist/film producer Nicholas Britell.

For the executions/performances, he worked with Ariana Grande, Kid Cudi,
Taura Stinson
and also with megastar BON IVER on his song SECOND NATURE.

The result is an orchestral beauty.

Tune in here…

The soundtrack in full…


BON IVER Shares Two New Tender Reveries – Here’s ‘HEY, MA’ And U (MAN LIKE)

Brand new sonic impulses

Although Justin Vernon and his band BON IVER are busy traveling from one country
to another to play (mainly) at festivals they found time for some new music. Two fresh songs actually. Two characteristic sepia colored Bon Iver moments. Two heartfelt and tender reveries. Here’s HEY, MA and U (MAN LIKE)



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