Watch The National's 'Darkness' Video From New Album 'Sleep Well Beast'

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Matt Berninger and The National performs at The Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre on May 24, 2014 in George, Wa. 

Way back in November 2015, we published a lengthy cover story on the National’s progress toward the follow-up to 2013’s Trouble Will Find Me. Eighteen months later, the band is finally ready to start sharing music from that album, which we learned just hours ago is called Sleep Well Beast and is coming in September. (That’s the album art up top.)

The first single is “The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness,” one of the new tracks the band teased this week. Although the other teaser was more in line with reports of electronic experimentation, this song strikes me as a middle-aged answer to the loose, youthful aggression that characterized Alligator, from its piercing blasts of lead guitar to the rhythm section’s casual swagger. Check it out below in a music video directed by Casey Reas.

A press release indicates Sleep Well Beast was produced by Aaron Dessner with co-production by Bryce Dessner and Matt Berninger. Here’s the tracklist:

01 “Nobody Else Will Be There”
02 “Day I Die”
03 “Walk It Back”
04 “The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness”
05 “Born To Beg”
06 “Turtleneck”
07 “Empire Line”
08 “I’ll Still Destroy You”
09 “Guilty Party”
10 “Carin At The Liquor Store”
11 “Dark Side Of The Gym”
12 “Sleep Well Beast”

After a couple European festivals this summer, the National will tour extensively this fall on both sides of the Atlantic. Every ticket includes a digital copy of Sleep Well Beast to be delivered on release day. Here are the dates:

June 21 -- Glastonbury Festival – Glastonbury, UK
Aug. 12 -- HAVEN Festival – Copenhagen, DENMARK
Sept. 16 -- Cork Opera House / Sounds From a Safe Harbour – Cork, IRELAND
Sept. 17 -- Vicar Street – Dublin, IRELAND
Sept. 18 -- Vicar Street – Dublin, IRELAND
Sept. 20 -- Usher Hall – Edinburgh, UK
Sept. 21 -- Usher Hall – Edinburgh, UK
Sept. 22 -- O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK
Sept. 23 -- O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK
Sept. 25 -- Eventim Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK
Sept. 26 -- Eventim Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK
Sept. 27 -- Eventim Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK
Sept. 28 -- Eventim Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK
Oct. 05 -- Wang Theatre – Boston, MA
Oct. 06 -- Forest Hills Stadium – New York, NY
Oct. 11 -- Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 12 -- CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre – San Diego, CA
Oct. 14 -- Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA
Oct. 21 -- Elbphilharmonie – Hamburg, GERMANY
Oct. 23 -- Tempodrom – Berlin, GERMANY
Oct. 24 -- Tempodrom – Berlin, GERMANY
Oct. 25 -- AFAS Live – Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
Oct. 28 -- Coliseum – Lisbon, PORTUGAL
Oct. 30 -- Bozar – Brussels, BELGIUM
Oct. 31 -- Bozar – Brussels, BELGIUM
Nov. 02-04 -- Pitchfork Paris, Paris FRANCE
Nov. 04 -- Annexet – Stockholm, SWEDEN
Nov. 05 -- Annexet – Stockholm, SWEDEN
Nov. 06 -- Sentrum Scene – Oslo, NORWAY
Nov. 07 -- Sentrum Scene – Oslo, NORWAY
Nov. 27 -- Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall – Portland, OR
Nov. 28 -- Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA
Nov. 29 -- Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA
Dec. 01 -- Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver BC, CANADA
Dec. 02 -- Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver BC, CANADA
Dec. 04 -- Verizon Hall – Philadelphia, PA
Dec. 07 -- Metropolis – Montreal QC, CANADA
Dec. 08 -- Metropolis – Montreal QC, CANADA
Dec. 09 -- Sony Centre – Toronto ON, CANADA
Dec. 10 -- Hamilton Place Theatre – Hamilton ON, CANADA
Dec. 12 -- Civic Opera House – Chicago, IL
Dec. 13 -- Civic Opera House – Chicago, IL

Sleep Well Beast is out 9/8 on 4AD. Pre-order it here.

This article originally appeared in Stereogum.