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The National’s Matt Berninger announces debut solo album

By | Published on Thursday 21 May 2020

Booker T Jones & Matt Berninger

The National’s frontman Matt Berninger has announced that he will release his debut solo album later this year, produced by Booker T Jones. The first single and title track, ‘Serpentine Prison’, is out now.

That track “was written in December 2018, about a week after recording The National’s [last album] ‘I Am Easy To Find”, explains Berninger. “For a long time, I had been writing songs for movies and musicals and other projects where I needed to get inside someone else’s head and convey another person’s feelings. I liked doing that, but I was ready to dig back into my own garbage and this was the first thing that came out”.

“The title is from a twisting sewer pipe that drains into the ocean near LAX”, he goes on. “There’s a cage on the pipe to keep people from climbing out to sea. I worked on the song with Sean O’Brien and Harrison Whitford and recorded it about six months later with Booker T Jones producing. It feels like an epilogue, so I named the record after it and put it last”.

The album will be out on 2 Oct through Book Records, a new imprint of Concord Records founded by Berninger and Jones. Watch the video for the single here: