The National are finally getting around to following up 2013’s Trouble Will Find Me with the new album Sleep Well Beast, which will be out in September. They shared lead single “The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness” last month, and earlier today, the teased a few seconds of another new song called “Guilty Party,” which the band debuted in France last week. Now, they’ve shared the full track and announced an actual Guilty Party on 7/14 and 7/15, a collaborative concert at Basilica Hudson that will feature Buke & Gase, Nadia Sirota, Mouse on Mars, Sō Percussion and more.
Video artist Casey Reas will contribute live projection mapping for the event, and he also directed the video for “Guilty Party” the song, which he describes in elliptical terms as “a dream about memory and the degradation of memory; it’s about distance in time and space. 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.” Keep that in mind as you watch and listen below.