Matt Berninger, the frontman of The National, has delivered a live cover of Big Thief track ‘Not’.
Berninger, who recently announced a new solo album called Serpentine Prison, was performing live at the Dream Serenade benefit in Toronto when he decided to put his own spin on the Big Thief number.
The singer, who performed five tracks at the event, also confirmed recently that Memphis soul legend Booker T. Jones has joined his team and will produce and arranged Berninger’s solo material.
Below, enjoy his rendition of ‘Not’, the track which appeared on Big Thief’s fourth studio album Two Hands.
In other Berninger-related news, Lana Del Rey recently named the National frontman as the person she’d most like to collaborate with.
Having worked closely with Jack Antonoff in the creation of her most recent alum, Del Rey admitted that the formality of writing the new material isn’t her favoured part of the creative process: “I feel very much that writing is not my thing: I’m writing’s thing,” Del Rey said in a recent interview with Billboard. “When the writing has got me, I’m on its schedule. But when it leaves me alone, I’m just at Starbucks, talking shit all day.”
Now, in a new wide-ranging interview with the Times, Del Rey has been discussing her new record, her opinion on President Donald Trump and how she plans to follow up Norman Fucking Rockwell with another new album inside 12 months.
After the Times published the interview, author Al Horner took to social media to reveal that their conversation touched briefly on future collaborations but the quotes didn’t make the cut. After giving a shout out to iconic folk musician Joan Baez, Del Rey revealed her admiration for The National and Matt Berninger’s voice.
“Well, I really like the National His voice,” Del Rey said. “I think about it… a lot. Every time Ia song is playing and I’m like, who’s that? It’s always them.”