New National – “So Far Around The Bend”

So far Dark Was The Night’s brought us David Byrne + Dirty Projector’s “Knotty Pine” and Ben Gibbard + Feist making like Vashti Bunyan (+ Gibbard) for “Train Song.” Fittingly, on Inauguration Day 2009, the guys who dressed you in Mr. November t-shirts, offer “So Far Around the Bend,” arranged beautifully by Nico Muhly. The upbeat but downcast track finds Matt singing about a serious lady “living off a teacup full of cherries.” She can’t be found in a million bars or a thousand parties. She’s “been hummin’ in a daze forever / prayin’ for Pavement to get back together.” Her Pavement wish might actually be granted, but as the song notes, she’s “so far around the bend, there’s no leaving New York,” i.e. she’s stuck, alone, getting high through an Apple. (Sound familiar?) Remember, these songs only stream for a day, so head to MySpace and enjoy it while you can. Also, get outside and say hello to your friends.

Dark Was The Night is out 2/17 via 4AD. It benefits the Red Hot Organization.

UPDATE: Now streaming here.