Watch: The National – Eucalyptus

The National has released a third new track ahead of its upcoming album First Two Pages of Frankenstein. ‘Eucalyptus’ is taut and punchy, having come together in a charmed burst of spontaneity surrounding a visit to the historic Capitol Theatre just north of New York City in Port Chester.

Group member Bryce Dessner had sent the song to frontman Matt Berninger so long ago that he’d forgotten about it, but Berninger came up with lyrics and asked to play it during soundcheck hours before the Capitol Theatre show. “We rehearsed it twice without ever having had a demo and played it to the audience that night, and what you hear on the album was partially recorded during that performance,” he says. “It’s got this raw, immediate feeling, and it made sense to leave the rough edges instead of trying to perfect them.”

Stream / Purchase ‘Eucalyptus’ here.

Pre-save / Pre-order First Two Pages of Frankenstein here.

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