EAR CANDY | [MP3] The National – “Think You Can Wait”
I know I’ve taken a long hiatus again, everyone. I’m sorry. It’s coming close to the end of the year and essays and such are piling up. Thank you very much, English Major.
Anyway, while I’ve been sitting here putting off reading another page about writing for the web and not being able to actually write for the web because I’m reading about it, I came across this new tearjerker by The National.
“Think You Can Wait” is featured on the soundtrack for the upcoming Thomas McCarthy-directed Paul Giamatti flick, Win Win.
It’s a quiet and sweeping melancholy orchestration. In short, this song is heartbreaking and pure The National. Somber in mood, the track beats on quietly like a steady heartbeat following the subdued lull of Matt Berninger‘s calm baritone and features guest vocals/harmonies courtesy of Brooklyn’s Sharon Van Etten. Just the thought of the two singing together makes my tired heart flush warm and bright.
I guess this is one of the tracks they recorded this when Aaron Dessner told Pitchfork that they had been working with Van Etten on a couple new songs. I cannot wait for some more new material from the two. After all, The National and Sharon Van Etten did release two of my most loved records of 2010.
In the meantime, here is the recently released star-studded video for The National’s “Conversation 16.”