The only is taken from their newly-debuted album, ‘First Two Pages Of Frankenstein’, which was launched at the moment (April 28), and sees the indie five-piece workforce up with pop icon Taylor Swift.
Now, the band have shared an official lyric video for the emotional observe, which additionally options in-studio footage of the band and Swift. Test it out beneath.
Forward of the discharge of their ninth studio album, The Nationwide spoke to NME in regards to the inspiration behind the LP, and their long-running relationship with the ‘Anti-Hero’ singer — which first fashioned over a decade in the past.
In response to the members, Aaron Dessner despatched Swift the tune shortly after it was written, and he or she responded inside half an hour, making it into the observe it’s at the moment. “She has this work ethic and surprise on the inventive course of,” he advised NME. “She’s simply so she loves making stuff. And she or he’s not cynical in any method, she’s as DIY as anybody.”
This isn’t the primary time that The Nationwide and Taylor Swift have joined forces. Again in 2020, The Nationwide joined her on the observe ‘Coney Island’ and, extra not too long ago, the band admitted that two of the pop star’s songs — ‘Willow’ and ‘Cardigan’ — have been initially meant to be launched by them.
“I’d taken a swing at [‘Cardigan’] and ‘Willow’ and a few others, and I wasn’t having a variety of luck, so Aaron despatched them to Taylor,” Matt Berninger recalled to The Telegraph. “The reverse has occurred, too, the place Aaron wrote one thing for Taylor, and I dove proper in. It really works each methods.”
Earlier this month, Dessner additionally joined Swift onstage in Tampa, Florida throughout her ongoing ‘Eras’ tour. Right here, the pair duetted on two songs: ‘The Nice Conflict’ (a observe he produced for the ‘3am Version’ of ‘Midnights’) and ‘Mad Girl’ from her ‘Folklore’ album.
Discussing his time onstage with Swift, Dessner advised NME that the gig was “the best present I’ve ever seen”. “It’s simply insane. The dimensions of the tour. And the music, the visible design, the choreography and her musicianship, it’s on a degree that I’ve by no means seen something like,” he stated.
“To me, it’s one thing to aspire to: to be that bold together with her music. I feel typically individuals ask me questions on working with pop stars prefer it’s not an honour, however it’s a complete honour. I realized far more from her than she’s realized with us.”
‘The Alcott’ is the eighth tune on the brand new 11-track album. In a five-star overview of the LP, NME praised the band for creating their “greatest report in a decade”.
“‘That is the closest we’ve ever been,’ sings Berninger… Whereas he’s actually singing of his household and bandmates, it feels the identical of The Nationwide and the listener … The band are solely now at their most emotionally direct,” it learn.
“‘First Two Pages…’ is testomony to what makes this band so standard 20 years down the road. That is The Nationwide again from their brink and at their best possible.”