While fans eagerly await the release of The National's eighth studio album I Am Easy To Find, the band has premiered a short film of the same name that acts as a companion piece for the new music. The nearly 27-minute-long film was directed by Mike Mills (20th Century Women) and stars Alicia Vikander (Ex-Machina). Though it features music from the new album, the visuals are meant to be more than just an extended music video.
As Mills describes it, the two projects are “playfully hostile siblings that love to steal from each other— they share music and words and DNA and impulses and a vision about what it means to be human in 2019, but don’t necessarily need one another.”
“The National gave me the stems for their songs, some were sketches some were finished and encouraged and allowed me to create my own versions of the songs to score the film,” he continued explaining in a statement. "The album then features different versions of these same 7 songs — and 9 new songs which sometimes refer to the themes, texts, ideas from the film — but are their own work, their own piece of art.”
Watch I Am Easy To Find below.
The National celebrate the release of I Am Easy to Find with an album release party hosted by iHeartRadio on May 17. Find out how you can stream it live here.
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