The National – Demons

It’s almost as if they heard the news that they’d been ousted at the top of my most played list by The House of Love, but The National are back three years after High Violet with the first single from new album Trouble Will Find Me. It sways in 7/4, a low and menacing gathering of sounds only lifted by occasional horns; the unsettled mood threatens to collapse but the middle eight becomes a closing eight, and resolution never comes, hope smothered by the closing piano clang.

Typical National, in other words, and a masterful application of minimal melody.