The National have released a new video for their new track “Carin at the Liquor Store.”
The track is the third single to be released from the indie rock band’s upcoming seventh studio album Sleep Well Beast, which will be released Saturday, September 8 via indie record label 4AD.
Artist and educator Casey Reas directed the video in the style of negative film allowing the warped imagery to add contrasted visual effect to the deep tin-toned ballad.
Story-sung lyrics like “Carin at the liquor store / I can’t wait to see you / I’m walking around like I was the one who found dead John Cheever / In the house of love” paint a picture with a proper beginning, middle, and end.
The record was recorded at band member Aaron Dessner’s Long Pond studio in New York among the landscape of Sleepy Hollow, while a segment of the recording process was taken in Los Angeles, Berlin, and Paris.
With Pitchfork calling The National’s new work the “most expansive and atmospheric music to date,” frontman Matt Berninger said the record was primarily about marriage.
“The lyrics are direct and kind of intimate. Not all of the songs—I think there are as many silly, dumb, goofy lyrics on this as there usually are. But the serious stuff gets even more serious than usual. There is a lot of conversational stuff between people. I also collaborated more with Carin from the very beginning on a lot of these songs. Writing lyrics with your wife does lead to talking about yourselves a lot. But this is not an autobiographical account of my personal marriage. It’s almost about the marriage of the band.”
The first single from the upcoming 12-track album is titled “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness,” which was released Thursday, May 11, and the second single “Guilty Party” was released Wednesday, June 28.
Sleep Well Beast can be pre-ordered now.
Listen and watch “Carin at the Liqour Store” below.