The National have announced their eighth studio album, I Am Easy to Find, and released its first single, “You Had Your Soul With You.”
The track features a rhythmic, stop-and-start guitar line, its glitches reminiscent of the sound the band explored on their previous release, 2017’s Sleep Well Beast. Guest vocalist Gail Ann Dorsey, who was a longtime collaborator of David Bowie, emerges with a verse of her own towards the end of the song.
Besides Dorsey, I Am Easy to Find also features vocal contributions from Sharon Van Etten, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Lisa Hannigan and Mina Tindle across its 16 tracks. “Yes, there are a lot of women singing on this, but it wasn’t because, ‘Oh, let’s have more women’s voices,’ frontman Matt Berninger said in a statement. “It was more, ‘Let’s have more of a fabric of people’s identities.’ It would have been better to have had other male singers, but my ego wouldn’t let that happen.”
The album also inspired a short film, also titled I Am Easy to Find. It was directed by Mike Mills and starring Alicia Vikander. In a statement, Mills—who is also credited as co-producer on the album—dubbed both projects “playfully hostile siblings that love to steal from each other.”
I Am Easy to Find is out May 17. Listen to “You Had Your Soul With You” here: