[MP3] The National: "Afraid of Everyone"

MORE NEW THE NATIONAL. Sorry, but caps lock was totally necessary. The latest tune available off the forthcoming High Violet is called “Afraid of Everyone”, and starts off with Berninger taking the lead in a melancholic despair of a song, with backing falsetto harmonies (courtesy of Sufjan Stevens). Steady percussion kicks in about a minute and a half in and the harmonies become more pronounced and repeated, layered on top of cascading strings. It’s not as immediately engaging as previously released single “Bloodbuzz Ohio”, but it’s a solid, if unspectacular track, and will probably need a few listens to fully sink in. “Afraid of Everyone” is the fifth track on the album, right before “Bloodbuzz Ohio”.

The National – “Afraid of Everyone” [MP3]

[via Pitchfork]

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