The National #4 - Don't Swallow The Cap

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Even quicker than the proverbial London buses, last week one new track by The National became two. Quickly after the wonderful "Demons" stunned us all last week comes "Don't Swallow The Cap", the second track taken from the bands forthcoming album Trouble Will Find Me due May 20/21st via 4AD.

"Don't Swallow The Cap", dare I say it, is almost upbeat with a robust percussive beat and glistening keys driving the melody with more urgency than the aforementioned "Demons". Of course, this is The National we are talking about here, and exactly as I said last week, the perfectly structured track progresses with a drip feed of emotive power and melancholic wisdom wrapped around string flourishes and soft backing harmonies - it's simple to say this - The National are a band who remain on top of their game - Trouble Will Find Me can't come soon enough.

The US can order a special vinyl edition of the album via 4ad here - hopefully something will follow for us folk across the pond soon - shipping charges are increasingly crippling music imports.

The UK Ally Pally show in November has now been joined by a second and further dates in Manchester, Dublin and Belfast - details.