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The National Share New Song Your Mind Is Not Your Friend Feat Phoebe Bridgers

Thursday, 13 April 2023 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Josh Goleman

The National have shared a new song featuring Phoebe Bridgers.

Your Mind Is Not Your Friend marks the first high-profile collaboration to be shared from the American indie giants' upcoming album, 'First Two Pages Of Frankenstein'.

Serving as the fourth and final preview of their ninth album, the piano ballad is also one of two Bridgers duets on the record, and emerged during a period of writer's block for vocalist Matt Berninger. He explained:

"When I feel stuck, I’ll often grab a book off the shelf just to get some words in my head, and the first two pages of Frankenstein ended up triggering Your Mind Is Not Your Friend. The book starts off with the narrator on a voyage near the Arctic Circle, and that image of being adrift helped me to write about feeling disconnected and lost and lacking in purpose. Once I started confronting that strange, blurry panic of not having ideas, everything began to crack open a bit."

Head below to view the accompanying video starring Berninger's brother, Tom. The clip is directed by the Boygenius members' brother, Jackson Bridgers, who previously helmed her Garden Song video.

In addition to Bridgers, the follow-up to 2019's 'I Am Easy To Find' boasts guest appearances by Taylor Swift and Sufjan Stevens. It's due out on April 28 via 4AD.

The National will support the release with a summer North American tour, followed by autumn arena shows across Europe and the UK. The latter leg will include stops in Dublin, Leeds, Glasgow and London.

The National Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Thu May 18 2023 - CHICAGO Illinois - Auditorium Theatre (USA)
Fri May 19 2023 - CHICAGO Illinois - Auditorium Theatre (USA)
Sat May 20 2023 - CHICAGO Illinois - Auditorium Theatre (USA)
Sun May 21 2023 - CHICAGO Illinois - Auditorium Theatre (USA)
Tue May 23 2023 - WASHINGTON - Anthem (USA)
Wed May 24 2023 - WASHINGTON - Anthem (USA)
Tue May 30 2023 - LOS ANGELES California - Greek Theatre (USA)
Wed May 31 2023 - LOS ANGELES California - Greek Theatre Los Angeles (USA)
Fri June 02 2023 - TROUTDALE Oregon - McMenamins Historic Edgefield Manor (USA)
Sat June 03 2023 - TROUTDALE Oregon - McMenamins Historic Edgefield Manor (USA)
Sun June 04 2023 - REDMOND Washington - Marymoor Live (USA)
Mon June 05 2023 - BURNABY British Columbia - Deer Lake Park (Canada)
Tue August 01 2023 - PHILADELPHIA - Met Philadelphia (USA)
Wed August 02 2023 - PHILADELPHIA - Met Philadelphia (USA)
Thu August 03 2023 - NEW HAVEN Connecticut - Westville Music Bowl (USA)
Mon August 07 2023 - DETROIT Michigan - Fillmore Detroit (USA)
Tue August 08 2023 - MADISON Wisconsin - Sylvee (USA)
Wed August 09 2023 - MINNEAPOLIS - Armory Minneapolis (USA)
Fri August 11 2023 - DENVER Colorado - Mission Ballroom (USA)
Sat August 12 2023 - DENVER Colorado - Mission Ballroom (USA)
Tue August 15 2023 - NASHVILLE Tennessee - Ascend Amphitheater (USA)
Wed August 16 2023 - ATLANTA Georgia - Cadence Bank Amphitheatre (USA)
Fri August 18 2023 - NEW YORK New York - Madison Square Garden (USA)
Sun August 20 2023 - TORONTO Ontario - Budweiser Stage (Canada)

Thu September 21 2023 - DUBLIN 3Arena
Sat September 23 2023 - LEEDS first direct Arena
Sun September 24 2023 - GLASGOW OVO Hydro
Tue September 26 2023 - LONDON Alexandra Palace
Wed September 27 2023 - LONDON Alexandra Palace

Fri September 29 2023 - AMSTERDAM Ziggo Dome (Netherlands)
Sat September 30 2023 - BERLIN Max Schmeling Halle (Germany)
Sun October 01 2023 - MUNICH Zenith (Germany)
Wed October 04 2023 - MADRID Wizink Center (Spain)
Thu October 05 2023 - PORTO Super Bock Arena (Portugal)
Fri October 06 2023 - LISBON Campo Pequeno (Portugal)

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