For years The National has been labeled as a gloomy kind of rock band…I think mostly because of Matt’s deep baritone voice, which even if he is singing about unicorns and butterflies, he just sounds sad most of the time.
A while back, Widowspeak dropped the absolutely stunning “True Believer”, which was the first single to be released from the band’s forthcoming EP, The Swamps. With the release date fast approaching, the band has dropped a second taste from the EP, this time in the form of the eerie and atmospheric, “Calico” (which could be described as “swampy” in it’s own right). The track is just further proof that the band is rapidly progressing into one of the strongest and most consistently interesting bands working today. The slow burn build and layers of ghostly ambient noise that fill out the production give the track a haunting, backwoods, bluesy, ghost story feel. It’s a perfect song for cool, early autumn nights. The Swamps EP can’t get in my ears soon enough.