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The National announce ninth album with lead track "Tropic Morning News"

18 January 2023, 17:34 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

The National have shared news of their upcoming ninth album First Two Pages of Frankenstein, and have released "Tropic Morning News" as the first preview of the record.

After teasing their return on socials, The National have unveiled a new track titled "Tropic Morning News", which lands as the first taster of their I Am Easy To Find follow-up First Two Pages of Frankenstein.

Aaron Dessner says of the new track, which was co-written with Matt Berninger and his wife Carin Besser, "When Matt came in with that song in the depths of his depression, it felt like a turning point for us. It’s almost Dylan-esque in its lyrics and it’s so much fun to play; everything suddenly felt like it was coming alive again."

Berninger adds, "The idea of referring to the darkness of the news in such a light way unlocked something in me. It became a song about having a hard time expressing yourself, and trying to connect with someone when the noise of the world is drowning out any potential for conversation."

First Two Pages of Frankenstein was produced by The National at Long Pond Studios in upstate New York, and features guest appearances from Taylor Swift, Phoebe Bridgers and Sufjan Stevens.


  1. Once Upon A Poolside (feat. Sufjan Stevens)
  2. Eucalyptus
  3. New Order T-Shirt
  4. This Isn't Helping (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
  5. Tropic Morning News
  6. Alien
  7. The Alcott (feat. Taylor Swift)
  8. Grease In Your Hair
  9. Ice Machines
  10. Your Mind Is Not Your Friend (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
  11. Send For Me

"Tropic Morning News" is out now. The National's First Two Pages of Frankenstein album will be released 28 April via 4AD, and is available to pre-order now. They'll play London's Alexandra Palace on 26 September. Tickets go on sale 27 January at 10am local time at

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