Single Review – Guilty Party – The National 

The second single from The National’s forthcoming, seventh album ‘Sleep Well Beast’, due for release on September the 8th, is yet another example of the Brooklyn indie band’s ability to capture a moment of human frailty in less time than it takes to boil a kettle. ‘Guilty Party’ paints the picture of a relationship in tatters and the inevitable sleepless nights that follow. Encapsulating the crumbling of hurt memories haunting in those uncomfortable long hours of self-regret. The tracks accompanying video is described by director Casey Reas as; “a dream about memory and the degradation of memory – the image of the two-faced Roman god Janus, who can look into the past and future, is the core visual language.” Despite Janus being the symbol of The National’s second single the band doesn’t seem to have gone through too much of a transition. With their signature sound prevailing, you don’t have to be a Roman god to hear that familiar emotion filtering through Matt Berninger’s vocal.

Hayley Miller

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