Who Are They: Originally hailing from Ohio, the five guy ensemble has been around for some time, often writing and playing around regular day jobs. The National's years and maturity show, with incredibly powerful and intelligent lyrics. They have a familiar yet unique sound, and there's something poetic and touching about every note.
Favorite Songs: i love all of The National's albums, each one perfect on its' own and yet somehow increasingly better as the years go by. Their lyrics are so much more than what may come at first listen, and the aesthetic is something weighty and extravagant. The music has a very large and lonely sound ... It's beautiful. i especially love Alligator's "City Middle" and "Mr. November" and their new album High Violet's "England".
Makes Me Think Of/ Feels Like: Anything that leaves you feeling open and abandoned - driving down highways at sunset, empty starry nights over quietly humming cities, the cool cut of the ocean on your lungs, love, sorrow.
Photographic Genius By: Cool Hand Luke,David Wallace, Damien Rayuela, and Tony Katai i highly recommend them. i rarely hear music that leaves me as wistful and aware of the world about me as The National . And i always appreciate things that make me pause and just breathe.