The National have announced their brand new album, I Am Easy to Find, which will be out May 17 via their label 4AD. 

To coincide with the new record news, the band has also announced a short film, inspired by and featuring music from the new record, and directed by Mike Mills. The 24-minute film also stars Oscar winner Alicia Vikande.

While the film and album sit alongside each other in harmony, the two are not mutually exclusive. In a press release, Mills describes the combination as “playfully hostile siblings that love to steal from each other.”

The National’s Matt Berninger said that the band “essentially handed over the keys to the band’s creative process” to Mills after the director approached the band with the collaboration suggestion.

Having not only recruited Mills for their creative output, The National have sourced vocal contributions from the likes of Gail Ann Dorsey,  Sharon Van Etten, Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle and more for the album. “Yes, there’s a lot of women singing on this, but it wasn’t because, ‘Oh, let’s have more women’s voices,’” Berninger said in a statement. “It was more, ‘Let’s have more of a fabric of people’s identities.’ It would have been better to have had other male singers, but my ego wouldn’t let that happen.”

To coincide with album and film news, The National confirmed tour dates and unleashed the album’s lead single ‘You Had Your Soul with You’ which becomes Far Out’s Track of the Day:

I Am Easy to Find Tracklisting:
01 – You Had Your Soul With You
02 – Quiet Light
03 – Roman Holiday
04 – Oblivions
05 – The Pull of You
06 – Hey Rosey
07 – I Am Easy to Find
08 – Her Father in the Pool
09 – Where Is Her Head
10 – Not in Kansas
11 – So Far So Fast
12 – Dust Swirls in Strange Light
13 – Hairpin Turns
14 – Rylan
15 – Underwater
16 – Light Years

The National Tour Dates:

04-16 Paris, France – Olympia %
04-18 London, England – Royal Festival Hall %
04-22 New York, NY Beacon Theatre %
04-24 Toronto, Ontario – Roy Thomson Hall %
04-26 Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theatre %
06-11 Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center ^
06-12 Brooklyn, NY – Prospect Park Bandshell ^
06-15 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
06-16 Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy ^
06-17 St. Augustine, FL – The St. Augustine Amphitheatre ^
06-19 Washington, DC – The Anthem ^
06-20 Portland, ME – Thompson’s Point ^
06-21 Montreal, Quebec – Place des Arts
06-22 Hamilton, Ontario – Pier 8 @
06-24 Columbus, OH – Express Live ^
06-25 Ann Arbor, MI – Hill Auditorium ^
06-26 Indianapolis, IN – Lawn at White River ^
06-28 Chicago, IL – Northerly Island @
07-10 Manchester, England – Castlefield Bowl
07-12 Madrid, Spain – Mad Cool Festival
07-13 London, England – Hyde Park
07-15 Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle
07-16 Hamburg, Germany – Stadtpark
07-18 Rättvik, Sweden – Dalhalla
08-04 Waterford, Ireland – All Together Now
08-06 Glasgow, Scotland – Summer Nights at the Bandstand
08-07 Glasgow, Scotland – Summer Nights at the Bandstand
08-09 Sicily, Italy – Ypsigrock
08-10 Budapest, Hungary – Sziget Festival
08-11 Buftea, Romania – Summer Well
08-14 Paredes de Coura, Portugal – Paredes de Coura
08-16 Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop
08-16-18 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands – Lowlands
08-18 Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop
08-28 Vancouver, British Columbia – Deer Lake Park @
08-29 Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park @
08-30 Portland, OR – Edgefield @
09-01 Stanford, CA – Frost Amphitheater @
09-02 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre @
09-03 Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre @
09-05 Ogden, UT – Ogden Amphitheater @
09-08 Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Opera House @
09-10 Austin, TX – 360 Amphitheatre @
09-11 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall @
11-25 Warsaw, Poland – Torwar Hall
11-26 Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
11-27 Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
11-29 Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
12-01 Bochum, Germany – Ruhrcongress
12-02 Cologne, Germany – Palladium
12-03 Zurich, Switzerland – Samsung Hall
12-04 Munich, Germany – Zenith
12-05 Stuttgart, Germany – Porsche Arena

% “A Special Evening With the National”
^ with Courtney Barnett
@ with Alvvays

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