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Matt Berninger drops new single “Distant Axis”

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The National’s frontman Matt Berninger released “Distant Axis,” the second single that will appear on his upcoming debut solo album Serpentine Prison that’s due for release on October 2. Berninger also dropped the song’s accompanying music video that was directed by Berninger himself, Tom Berninger (the singer’s brother), and Chris Sgroi.

If anyone knows me at all, they would know and tell you how much I absolutely adore The National and specifically, the voice of Matt Berninger. His evocative and expansive voice exudes richness, fullness, and substance all the time. Berninger’s voice coalesced with the acutely magnetic and intricate lyrics of “Distant Axis,” written by both Berninger and The Walkmen’s Walter Martin, make for a familiar-sounding heart-gutting tune. 

“I met Walter Martin fifteen years ago when The National opened for The Walkmen on a tour of shitty clubs in the American Southeast. On that tour I learned a lot about how to be in a band without ruining your life,” Berninger said in a statement. “I also learned a lot about Florida, Tennessee and Georgia. Walt and I have stayed friends and about three years ago we started passing ideas back and forth. “Distant Axis” started from a sketch Walt sent me named “Savannah.” I think it’s about falling out of touch with someone or something you once thought would be there forever.”

While we wait for Serpentine Prison, you can always listen to the already released title track or one of my favorite albums ever, The National’s I Am Easy to Find, which came out last year. 

Check out the video for “Distant Axis:”

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