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I Am Easy To Find – The National

by 4AD
Condition: Brand New
Ships from: Melbourne


When frontman and singer Matt Berninger received an email on September 3, 2017 from renowned Oscar-nominated film director Mike Mills (Century Wives, Beginners) that he was interested in working with the band in some way, he was immediately on fire. Not only did Berninger, who was already a fan of Mill's films at the time, agree immediately - he left the keys to the band's creative process to him, so to speak

The result is "I Am Easy To Find", a 24-minute short film by Mills starring Oscar-winning Alicia Vikander, and "I Am Easy To Find", a 68-minute album by The National. Both belong somehow together, but can also each exist for themselves. Or as Mills describes it: "Playfully hostile siblings that love to steal from each other". Both share music, DNA and words, as well as the vision of what it means to be a human being in 2019. The film was composed like a song, the music was brought together under the guidance of a director. And so the focus shifted from the band's usual frontman to a multitude of collaborations with female singers like Sharon Van Etten, Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle and many others, almost all of whom have accompanied The National for a long time. "Yes, there are a lot of women singing on this, but it wasn't because, 'Oh, let's have more women's voices'", Berninger says about it. "It was more, 'Let's have more of a fabric of people's identities It would have been better to have had other male singers, but my ego wouldn't let that happen."

The announcement of the album coincides with the release of the opener "You Had Your Soul With You", which celebrates the well-known The National Sound at the beginning and then reveals the true character of the project "I Am Easy To Find" from the middle of the song: when suddenly string arrangements penetrate the song and the vocals of David Bowie's long-term band member Gail Ann Dorsey take the lead. Not as a background vocal, not as a mere feature, but to make the song their own song

"I Am Easy To Find" was mainly written in Long Pond, Hudson Valley, NY, as well as in sessions in Paris, Berlin, Cincinnati, Austin, Dublin and Brooklyn. Like the band, Mills is co-producer of the album in equal parts


"Catchy pop melodies conceal complex arrangements that, above all in their details, go beyond what is usual in this context." (stereoplay, July 2019)

Release details

Label: 4AD
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Units: 2
Country: Europe
Released: 2019
Genre: Rock


A1 You Had Your Soul With You
A2 Quiet Light
A3 Roman Holiday
A4 Oblivions
B1 The Pull Of You
B2 Hey Rosey
B3 I Am Easy To Find
B4 Her Father In The Pool
C1 Where Is Her Head
C2 Not In Kansas
C3 So Far So Fast
C4 Dust Swirls In Strange Light
D1 Hairpin Turns
D2 Rylan
D3 Underwater
D4 Light Years