Check out the National’s new song “Day I Die.”
This past Friday (Sept. 8), The National released a new album entitled Sleep Well Beast. Among the many musically intriguing tracks on the album, one that certainly stands out is “Day I Die.”
The last we heard from the Cincinnati band was in 2015 with A Lot of Sorrow, so its definitely exciting to see that they’ve returned with more music. Along with dropping “Day I Die” as a teaser to Sleep Well Beast, the group also released The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness, Guilty Party, and Carin at the Liquor Store.
In addition to the album’s release Friday night, fans also got a chance to experience the band perform “Day I Die” live on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Overall, “Day I Die” creates this energetic aura due to its upbeat pace. Additionally, the lead guitar for the track produces high-pitched notes that elicit a warm and lively vibe, contrary to the vibes associated with death. Before listening to the song, you might expect it to be a bit morose or gloomy because of its reference to death, but it’s actually the opposite. As Matt Berninger sings, “The day I die, the day I die/Where will we be,” the lively music ultimately counters his reflection both on death and his significant other.
On the other hand, the music video for “Day I Die” is even more captivating than the song itself. Not only does the video display trippy black and white pictures from time-lapse sessions, it also records the band members in individual and collective shots. Altogether, I feel that the music video essentially enhances the song. With that, I’d say the band has made a phenomenal return.
Stream The National’s “Day I Die” and Sleep Well Beast through Spotify below or grab it on iTunes.