"dark & beautiful..."
the national is an american indie rock band from cincinnati, ohio, formed in 1999. currently based in brooklyn, the band consists of matt berninger (vocals), aaron dessner (guitar, keyboards), bryce dessner (guitar), scott devendorf (bass) and bryan devendorf (drums). founded by berninger, aaron dessner, and scott and bryan devendorf, the national released their self-titled debut album, the national in 2001. 2003 ushered in the follow-up album sad songs for dirty lovers.
four of the band's albums were included on nme's 2013 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
“the system only dreams in total darkness, why are you hiding from me? we’re in a different kind of thing now—all night you’re talking to God...” - the system only dreams in total darkness
on May 11, 2017, the single, "the system only dreams in total darkness" was released after two days of mysterious teasers.
a new album was also announced, titled ‘sleep well beast’, which is expected to be released September 8, 2017.
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