Earlier this week, The National provided us with big news on their upcoming release in May, along with the announcement of a Spring Tour. For details on those two things, check out our Monday posting.
Pitchfork posted an interview today with lead singer Matt Berninger discussing a variety of things, including the new album. Check out a portion of it below.
Pitchfork: Is the new album finished?
Matt Berninger: No, it's close. We're scheduled to master it in three weeks. I'd say it's 75 percent done. But with us, the songs often change drastically in the last couple of weeks, in the mixing. We know what songs we're trying to finish, but what exactly the songs are going to end up like is still a mystery. It's the most frustrating and exciting part of the process. So from a time perspective, we are almost done, but what the thing's going to end up like, it's hard to tell.
Pitchfork: What's the most frustrating aspect of this stage?
Matt Berninger: At this point, everybody's getting attached to certain versions or arrangements or forms of songs, and everyone's getting attached to different versions. At this point, we'll be chopping songs apart, cutting them down, and then rearranging them, just to try to figure out the magic middle ground between everybody's ideas. So it's where everybody starts to just dig their feet in the sand, and it's where all the arguments happen because we know how drastically something can change at the last minute. It's easy for us to ruin a song in the last day or two of working on it.
Check out the rest of the interview with Matt Berninger at Pitchfork.