The National's Matt Berninger announces debut solo album 'Serpentine Prison'

Having already spread his solo wings over the last couple of years, The National frontman Matt Berninger has now announced his plans for his first studio album, arriving later in the year.

The new full-length 'Serpentine Prison' was produced by renowned Memphis multi-instrumentalist Booker T. Jones (of Booker T. & The MG’s fame), is being previewed by the record's title-track, and is expected to be released on the 2nd October via his new imprint with Jones, Book Records, in conjunction with Concord Records.

Speaking about his new offering, he said, “The song ‘Serpentine Prison’ was written in December 2018, about a week after recording The National’s 'I Am Easy to Find'. For a long time, I had been writing songs for movies and musicals and other projects where I needed to get inside someone else’s head and convey another person’s feelings. I liked doing that, but I was ready to dig back into my own garbage and this was the first thing that came out.”

“The title is from a twisting sewer pipe that drains into the ocean near LAX. There’s a cage on the pipe to keep people from climbing out to sea. I worked on the song with Sean O’Brien and Harrison Whitford and recorded it about six months later with Booker T. Jones producing. It feels like an epilogue, so I named the record after it and put it last.”

The album also features contributions from a wide array of notable artists, including Matt Barrick (The Walkmen, Jonathan Fire*Eater), Andrew Bird, Mike Brewer, Hayden Desser, Scott Devendorf (The National), Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz), Booker T. Jones, Teddy Jones, Brent Knopf (EL VY, Menomena), Ben Lanz(The National, Beirut), Walter Martin (The Walkmen, Jonathan Fire*Eater), Sean O'Brien, Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan), Kyle Resnick (The National, Beirut), Matt Sheehy (EL VY, Lost Lander) and Harrison Whitford (Phoebe Bridgers). Additional production on the album was provided by Sean O’Brien.

Have a listen to the single 'Serpentine Prison' in the player below.

More News

Sea Girls announce debut album 'Open Up Your Head'

Following hot on the heels of their much-loved EP 'Under Exit Lights' from earlier this year, Sea Girls have now announced their plans for their... 3 weeks 6 days ago

Haim deliver new single 'I Know Alone'

With their eagerly-awaited new album set to drop in the coming months, Haim have now unveiled yet another cut lifted from their forthcoming full-... 3 weeks 6 days ago

Little Simz announces new EP 'Drop 6'

Following on from the release of her fantastic 'GREY Area' album last year, Little Simz has now announced her plans for a new EP, arriving next week... 3 weeks 6 days ago

Aldous RH shares new single 'Reply'

With his highly-anticipated debut album set to land at the end of next month, Aldous RH has now unveiled the next cut to be lifted from his... 4 weeks 6 hours ago

Bloxx announce debut album 'Lie Out Loud'

Having spent the last few years delighting us with a string of fresh and vibrant indie-rock bangers, Bloxx have now announced their plans for their... 4 weeks 10 hours ago

Mahalia announces new EP 'Isolation Tapes'

Following on from the release of her brilliant debut album 'Love... 4 weeks 12 hours ago

Odina delivers new single '1,2,3,4'

With a string of much-loved and critically-praised releases under her belt already, Catalan alt-pop sensation Odina has now returned to deliver a... 4 weeks 1 day ago

Hinds unveil new track 'Just Like Kids (Miau)'

With their eagerly-awaited new album now set to arrive in June, Hinds have quenched their fans thirst for new music by sharing the next cut to be... 4 weeks 1 day ago

Protomartyr share new track 'Worm In Heaven'

With their highly-anticipated new album on the horizon, Protomartyr have now unveiled the next cut to be lifted from their forthcoming full-length... 4 weeks 1 day ago