The National Release ‘Guilty Party’ off the Forthcoming Sleep Well Beast

Today, The National have released the single ‘Guilty Party’ off their forthcoming album Sleep Well Beast out on September 8th on 4AD. Sleep Well Beast was produced by member Aaron Dessner with co-production by Bryce Dessner and Matt Berninger and recorded at Aaron’s Hudson Valley, NY studio, Long Pond.

To celebrate the forthcoming album the band will be throwing a Guilty Party at a non-profit multidisciplinary arts center in Hudson, NY,  Basilica Hudson on July 14th and 15th with a portion of ticket sales benefiting the center.

Video artist Casey Reas will be contributing live projection mapping for the event. Reas also directed the video for single, ‘Guilty Party’. “The video is a dream about memory and the degradation of memory; it’s about distance in time and space,” says Reas. “Time moves forward, but then backward as memory. The image of the two-faced Roman god Janus, who can look into the past and future, is the core visual language.”

The National will tour across the world in support of the album, kicking off in Cork, Ireland on September 16th. Highlights include Forest Hills Stadium in New York on October 6th, The Hollywood Bowl on October 11th and multiple night residencies in more than 10 cities across Europe and North America. No southern hemisphere dates have been revealed as yet.


Nobody Else Will Be There

Day I Die

Walk It Back

The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness

Born to Beg


Empire Line

I’ll Still Destroy You

Guilty Party

Carin at the Liquor Store

Dark Side of the Gym

Sleep Well Beast


Sleep Well Beast will be available in CD, digital and double LP formats.