DIRECTED BY AND FEATURING NEW YORK CITY BALLET CHOREOGRAPHER JUSTIN PECK
SLEEP WELL BEAST NOMINATED FOR TWO 2018 GRAMMY® AWARDS
Playing Auckland’s Villa Maria Winery – Feb 23, 2017
The National are pleased to release the video for “Dark Side Of The Gym”, directed, choreographed and starring NYC Ballet Resident Choreographer and soloist Justin Peck and executive produced by former Miami City Ballet dancer and current dance filmmaker Ezra Hurwitz. Also starring former Miami City Ballet mentor and Principal dancer, Patricia Delgado, the video finds the duo gracefully move around a balloon filled auditorium. The video premiered via New Yorker, who described it as “essentially an extended pas de deux, highly technical but low-key, intimate, and a little sexy…The song and the video read like a love letter. At the end, as the music frays and the dancing stops, the camera settles on Delgado’s sorrowful, vulnerable expression.”
It’s already been a big week for the band, with their critically acclaimed new album Sleep Well Beast receiving Grammy nominations for Best Alternative Music Album and Best Recording Package.
The National are returning to New Zealand in 2018 to play on the Feb 23 in the beautiful grounds of Villa Maria Winery – Auckland.
NME said in reviewing the Glastonbury performance, “their set’s only flaw: it just all ended too soon. But the impact they made was immense. They’ve played the long game, and they’ve won. It’s time for the world’s biggest cult band to become a whole new beast.”
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The National – Sleep Well Beast out 15th September on 4AD
‘THE SYSTEM ONLY DREAMS IN TOTAL DARKNESS’ UNVEILED
The National – Photo Credit – Graham MacIndoe
The National are pleased to announce their 7th studio album – Sleep Well Beast– to be released on September 8th on 4AD via Rhythmethod. Sleep Well Beast was produced by member Aaron Dessner with co-production by Bryce Dessner and Matt Berninger. The album was mixed by Peter Katis and recorded at Aaron Dessner’s Hudson Valley, New York studio, Long Pond. Sleep Well Beast is available for pre-order today at americanmary.com and will be available in CD, digital and double LP formats.
The National debuts the track ‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness’, in this Casey Reas directed video.