Here’s a short playlist I made a few weeks back after seeing The National open for Arcade Fire in Chicago (I promise to write something about that soon). It seems like there’s been a slew of one-off songs lately featuring the unearthly baritone of one of my favorite leading men, Matt Berninger, so I decided to throw all the ones I could find together.
They’re all varying degrees of awesome, but some stand out a titch more than others. The Forms song, for example, is hands-down one of my favorite songs of the year thus-far, while Matt’s duet with Sharon Jones over a Booker T groove is a very very close second. I also have a real soft spot for that Clogs tune. Enjoy!
mp3: The Forms – Fire To The Ground (featuring Matt Berninger)
mp3: Booker T – Representing Memphis (featuring Matt Berninger and Sharon Jones)
mp3: Doveman – Angel’s Share (featuring Matt Berninger)
mp3: Grinderman – Evil [Silver Alert Remix] (featuring Matt Berninger)
mp3: Clogs – Last Song (featuring Matt Berninger)
And if you’re enjoying Matt’s voice mingled with others, here’s some National songs featuring a few notable guest vocalists of their own:
mp3: The National – Sleep All Summer (featuring Annie Clark of St. Vincent)
mp3: The National – Think You Can Wait (featuring Sharon van Etten)
mp3: The National – Afraid of Everyone (featuring Sufjan Stevens)
And don’t forget, The National are releasing a special clear-vinyl 7″ of “Think You Can Wait” b/w “Exile Vilify” today! Get it here.