The National: Afraid of Everyone

As if I needed more reasons to anticipate The National‘s new album High Violet, due out May 11. But thanks to Pitchfork and this wonderful site run by Liz via this also-wonderful site operated by Will, here are two new tracks.

The first, titled “Afraid of Everyone,” was made available on Pitchfork’s website just today. It is aching and beautiful and conveys with dramatic drumroll and atmospheric guitar the fear of damaging someone you love, whether it be the avoidance of screwing up again or the worry of everything tumbling down at the first sign of trouble. There’s a certain feeling of helplessness wafting through Matt Berninger’s vocals here. In short, I recommend it.

And, as a bonus thanks to those wonderful blogs The Bliss List and We All Want Someone To Shout For, here is a b-side to the song we previously posted, first single “Bloodbuzz Ohio.” More posts to come tonight, but enjoy these tunes in the meantime. We love you here at TWJ!

Afraid of Everyone” By The National (From High Violet, out May 11 on 4AD)

Sin-Eaters” By The National (B-side to single “Bloodbuzz Ohio”)


  1. #1 by liz on April 16, 2010 - 2:48 PM

    thx for the kind words, sean. nice write-up!

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