St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten, Sufjan Stevens and Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry to Appear on The National’s New Album
St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten, Sufjan Stevens and Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry are among the acts slated to appear on The National’s forthcoming studio album Trouble Will Find Me. As previously reported, The National’s sixth studio album is due out on May 21 via 4AD. National drummer Bryan Devendorf revealed the details in a recent interview with Gothamist. He also mentions that both onetime touring National keyboardist Doveman and Dark Dark Dark’s Nona Marie Invie appear on Trouble Will Find Me.
“We’re the same people, but we’re older now and we’re more set in our ways,” the drummer says. “So this time it seemed a little bit more laid back in terms of pain. However, I suffered some physical pain while playing some of the beats because I wasn’t entirely in shape, and we’d decided to track some of the more rockin’ songs at the beginning of the basic tracking session—that was at the Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, New York. But it was actually quite fun and it was a very relaxing basic tracking session because we were out in the woods. Besides a power outage we had during the hurricane, it was a great time.”
The album is also said to include some synthesizers and drum machines but Devendorf assures fans that it is “not like Daft Punk or anything.”
St. Vincent, Van Etten, Stevens and Arcade Fire have all been in The National’s orbit for several years. Stevens, National guitarist Bryce Dessner and Nico Muhly debuted their new astronomy-inspired suite Planetarium at Brooklyn, NY’s BAM this weekend.