The National – Trouble Will Find Me
May 17, 2013
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I know a lot of the talk around the internet at the moment is about the new Daft Punk album, and I feel The National have been playing second fiddle. Which is a bit unfortunate for them. Due in Australia at the end of July for their one-off Splendour in the Grass headline set, The National will be dropping their 6th studio album and highly anticipated follow-up to critically acclaimed High Violet.
Trouble Will Find Me confirms the Brooklyn-based group’s status as one of indie rock’s flagship bands. The somewhat nerdy five-some have an obvious talent to turn melancholia into catchy rhythms. While the album does not quite reach the heights of High Violet or even Boxer, the album has a strong melodic charm to it. It’s the sort of album that fits perfectly with a rainy day and a cup of tea. Which is precisely what I’m doing now as I write. But even this doesn’t quite seem sad enough. I mean, when Matt Berninger is singing about depression in lead single Demons, I can’t even pretend to understand. Apparently he gave up smoking before recording this album. This could explain why the vocals have such a more profound emotive quality to it, but I’m no scientist.
Highlight of the album in my view comes in the form of Sea of Love. There’s a part of me that loves when a song references the album title, and Sea of Love’s chorus “if I stay here, trouble will find me” gives me great satisfaction. It is bound to be a hit from the album, and a likely highlight of their upcoming tour. There’s a sense of intricate delicacy in the flow of tracks. Although it mostly follows the melancholia, the flow of chords and keys adapts through the album. Ranging from the more up tempo second single Don’t Swallow The Cap which features a delightful female backing vocal, to the more mellow Slipped there is a vastness to the album that needs an accomplished band to pull off.
For those people that were lucky enough to get tickets to Splendour are in for a treat. Trouble Will Find Me adds to The National’s already outstanding catalogue and will feature heavily in what promises to be a highlight of the festival. There are rumours that they will return for Laneway next year, a set that will be heavily anticipated.