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The National are officially teasing their ninth album

13 January 2023, 17:02 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

The National are officially teasing their ninth album, and have shared a short clip of lead vocalist Matt Berninger reading Frankenstein at a piano.

Back in March 2022, Bryce Dessner gave an update on The National's follow-up to 2019's I Am Easy To Find album, saying it "kind of feels back to the classic National sound in a way, which was really just the five of us, and it has a lot of energy in it. Maybe it’s like bursting out of the closed doors of Covid or something? I don’t know."

The National then sent out postcards to fans with the words "Tranquilize the Mind", and today they've unveiled a 25-second video of Matt Berninger reading Frankenstein while sat at a piano, which is soundtracked by a sparse piano piece. They've also shared a link to their site with the phrase "lp9" in the URL.

The site is password-protected, but according to Exclaim!, if you use the phrases "EVIL FOREBODINGS" or "TRANQUILIZE THE MIND", it'll show a video with an image of the Frankenstein book, and plays snippets of two new songs.

If you look closely, it's not the original Frankenstein book, it's a passage that fans believe is teasing some of the collaborators on the record, such as Phoebe Bridgers, Taylor Swift and Sufjan Stevens, and some track titles.

The National are yet to announce their new album.

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