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The National Release New Song Weird Goodbyes Featuring Bon Iver

Monday, 22 August 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Josh Goleman

The National have released a new song, Weird Goodbyes.

Anchored by subtle beats, the piano-led track features Bon Iver and delicate strings by the London Contemporary Orchestra, as orchestrated by The National's Bryce Dessner.

"It’s about letting go of the past and moving on, then later being overwhelmed by second thoughts," The National frontman Matt Berninger explained in a statement. The band's Aaron Dessner added:

"Weird Goodbyes was one of the first new songs we made. I was misusing drum machines, as usual, and stumbled onto this beat that got stuck in my head -- it felt like something only Bryan 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."

Commenting on the Bon Iver contribution, he added: "I somehow could hear our friend Justin'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."

It marks The National's first team-up with Bon Iver since Justin Vernon contributed vocals to the title track of Taylor Swift's 'Evermore' LP, which is produced by Dessner. 

The National will headline London's All Points East on August 26, followed by shows in Manchester and Edinburgh. Bon Iver also have a handful of rescheduled UK and Ireland dates in the diary, as part of an autumn European tour.

The National Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Fri August 26 2022 - LONDON Victoria Park
Sat August 27 2022 - MANCHESTER Mayfield Depot
Sun August 28 2022 - EDINBURGH Royal Highland Centre

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