After attending one of the National’s High Violet-related shows at the Bell House a couple of weeks ago, I sorta went off on the water imagery in Matt Berninger’s lyrics. “Bloodbuzz Ohio,” a song we heard in earlier form a year ago, isn’t as obviously drenched or drowned as the others, though you do get the water that makes up most of your blood (and body) plus Ohio and its rivers. The song debuted on BBC radio earlier today. The label passed along a higher quality non-ripped version of the track. You might’ve expected “Terrible Love” as High Violet’s lead single after that stirring Fallon performance, but as mentioned, this one’s been around, so no real surprises. Take a listen to what it’s become.
High Violet is out 5/11 via 4AD.