When The National began to work on their seventh studio album, September's Sleep Well Beast, they enlisted friends to create a community-based work of art. Among their tight-knit group of artists and designers was Luke Hayman of Pentagram, photographer Graham Macindoe and visual artist Casey Reas. The indie rockers' newest video for "Sleep Well Beast," the title track from their Grammy-nominated album, flawlessly incorporates an artistic element from everyone involved -- and is being shared exclusively on Billboard?.
The layers of intense use of color and vibrant photography create a haunting and visually stunning video for the track. "The music has a collaborative energy in it," guitarist Bryce Dessner tells Billboard. "It’s kind of like a conversation. This song in particular is the most reflective of that, and that translates to the actual video.”