The National I Am Easy To Find 3LP (Yellow, Red & Grey Vinyl) Scratch & Dent
All covers have corner bends and minor spine imperfections. Discs inside are undamaged.
Deluxe Limited Edition Yellow, Red & Grey Vinyl 3LP!
Includes Album + Original Film Score + Etching!
I Am Easy To Find is The National’s eighth studio album and the follow-up to
2017's GRAMMY®-award winning release Sleep Well Beast. A companion short film
with the same name will also be released with music by The National and inspired
by the album. The film was directed by Academy Award-nominated director Mike
Mills (20th Century Women, Beginners), and starring Academy Award Winner Alicia
Vikander. Mills, along with the band, is credited as co-producer of the album,
which was recorded at Long Pond, Hudson Valley, NY with vocal contributions from
Sharon Van Etten, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle and more.
On September 3, 2017, director Mike Mills emailed Matt Berninger to introduce
himself and in very short order, the most ambitious project of the National's
nearly 20-year career was born and plans for a hard-earned vacation died. The
Los Angeles-based filmmaker was coming off his third feature, 20th Century
Women, and was interested in working with the band on...something. A video
maybe. Berninger, already a fan of Mills' films, not only agreed to collaborate,
he essentially handed over the keys to the band's creative process.
The result is I Am Easy to Find, a 24-minute film by Mills starring Alicia
Vikander, and I Am Easy to Find, a 68-minute album by the National. The former
is not the video for the latter; the latter is not the soundtrack to the former.
The two projects are, as Mills calls them, "Playfully hostile siblings that love
to steal from each other"—they share music and words and DNA and impulses and a
vision about what it means to be human in 2019, but don't necessarily need one
another. The movie was composed like a piece of music; the music was assembled
like a film, by a film director. The frontman and natural focal point was
deliberately and dramatically side staged in favor of a variety of female
voices, nearly all of whom have long been in the group's orbit. It is unlike
anything either artist has ever attempted and also totally in line with how
they've created for much of their careers.
As the album's opening track, "You Had Your Soul With You", unfurls, it's so
far, so National: a digitally manipulated guitar line, skittering drums,
Berninger's familiar baritone, mounting tension. Then around the 2:15 mark, the
true nature of I Am Easy To Find announces itself: the racket subsides, strings
swell, and the voice of long-time David Bowie bandmate Gail Ann Dorsey booms
out—not as background vocals, not as a hook, but to take over the song.
Elsewhere it's Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan, or Sharon Van Etten, or
Mina Tindle or Kate Stables of This Is the Kit, or varying combinations of them.
The Brooklyn Youth Choir, whom Bryce Dessner had worked with before. There are
choral arrangements and strings on nearly every track, largely put together by
Bryce in Paris—not a negation of the band’s dramatic tendencies, but a
redistribution of them.
"Yes, there are a lot of women singing on this, but it wasn't because, 'Oh,
let's have more women's voices,'" says Berninger. "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."
Pressed on 3x12" standard weight vinyl. Set includes opaque red, yellow, and
grey vinyl colors. Tri-fold LP jacket with 3 x printed inner sleeves. Includes a
24 page booklet and foldout poster. Sides A - D features full album tracklist
with side E featuring the "I Am Easy To Find Original Film Score" with a side F
"On I Am Easy to Find, the indie standard-bearers have reconfigured themselves with multiple women's voices at the LP's core, a portion of the roughly 77 musicians that temporarily explode the band's quintet. They pull it off without diluting their National-ness. The lyrical and formal suggestion, explored throughout the record, seems to be that it takes two to tango, and despite the canyon that separates our perceptions, however gendered, we all share vast tracts of emotional territory, and are capable of deep empathy. Whether we act on it is another story." - Rolling Stone, The 50 Best Albums of 2019 So Far, June 2019
"After the four-and-a-half-year wait between Trouble Will Find Me and Sleep Well Beast, there was little evidence we should expect a new National album in 2019. And yet: Spurred on by their collaboration with director Mike Mills and a host of new voices prominent across I Am Easy To Find, the National instead briskly returned with one of their most intricate and vibrant releases to date. Often locating more brightness and peace than its predecessor, I Am Easy To Find feels like an answer and an ending to one era of the National, a capstone for one decade of indie world domination that leaves the door open for the band to continue evolving into the next." - Stereogum, The 50 Best Albums Of 2019 So Far, June 2019
"The National has spent decades in self-reflection, questioning connection and seeking answers. Eight albums later, she responds. Women take the wheel in I Am Easy to Find, driving the band's narrative to undiscovered territories. The effort is direct, yet complex, unfolding a messy universe that is becoming wiser with perspective." - NPR, Best Albums Of 2019 (So Far)
• Deluxe Limited Edition
• 1 Yellow LP, 1 Red LP, 1 Grey LP
• Sides A-D feature full album tracklist
• Side E features the I Am Easy To Find Original Film Score
• Side F: etching of actress Alicia Vikander
• Tri-fold LP jacket
• 3 printed inner sleeves
• 24-page booklet
• Foldout poster
• Limited time download card
1. You Had Your Soul With You
2. Quiet Light
3. Roman Holiday
1. The Pull Of You
2. Hey Rosey
3. I Am Easy to Find
4. Her Father In The Pool
1. Where Is Her Head
2. Not In Kansas
3. So Far So Fast
4. Dust Swirls In Strange Light
1. Hairpin Turns
4. Light Years
I Am Easy To Find - Original Film Score