The as-yet-untitled set will likely be finished in October or November and is due in the spring of 2007 via Beggars Banquet.

Indie rock act the National is 16 tracks deep into its new album, which the Brooklyn-based group is recording in Bridgeport, Conn., with producer Peter Katis. The as-yet-untitled set will likely be finished in October or November and is due in the spring of 2007 via Beggars Banquet.

Padma Newsome, who plays in National member Bryce Dessner's side band the Clogs, has been much more involved with the new project than 2005's "Alligator," on which he played everything from organ to violin.

"Someone is upstairs playing french horn as we speak," group member Aaron Dessner tells Billboard.com from the studio. "We already have bassoon, clarinet, cello, violin, viola and more. Which isnt' to say it will be the National with a full orchestra, but we're trying more elaborate arrangements in places. Other songs are quite spare"

Beginning Oct. 5 in Vancouver, the National will begin an eight-date West Coast tour with Mobius Band and Baby Dayliner. "We are [also] playing Washington D.C. again since we only played there once during 'Alligator' touring and that wasn't really fair, considering we hit most other places twice or even three times," Dessner says.

Here are the National's tour dates:

Sept. 8: Perpignan, France (Perpignan Guitar Festival)
Oct. 5: Vancouver (Richard's on Richards)
Oct. 6: Seattle (Neumo's)
Oct. 9: Los Angeles (Troubadour)
Oct. 10: San Diego (Casbah)
Oct. 11: Los Angeles (Troubadour)
Oct. 12: San Francisco (Great American Music Hall)
Oct. 13: Eugene, Ore. (Wow Hall)
Oct. 14: Portland, Ore. (Berbati's Pan)
Oct. 20: Washington, D.C. (Black Cat)

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