INTERVIEW: The National (Westword 8/28/2019)

Scott Devendorf (second from left) and the National play the Mission Ballroom September 6 and 7.Drama Is Easy to Find On The National’s New Album
by Adam Perry for Westword 8/28/2019

From the first moments of “Beautiful Head,” the opening track on the National’s 2001 self-titled debut album, romance, interpersonal struggles and self-searching have coursed through the Cincinnati-bred band’s music. Singer and lyricist Matt Berninger’s deep, intentional, slow and poetic delivery have gelled more and more with Aaron and Bryce Dessner’s lush, haunting music over the course of eight albums, culminating in the ambitious new release I Am Easy to Find, a collaboration with filmmaker Mike Mills and seven female vocalists.

Speaking with Westword over the phone from a hotel room in Italy on August 9, just before a performance at a Sicilian castle, founding member Scott Devendorf — known for his talents as an arranger and multi-instrumentalist — discussed the origins of I Am Easy to Find.


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