Despite a time when Boxer, their album of two years ago, was superglued into our CD drive (it was the olden days, alright?), we'd kind of forgotten about Ohio band The National.
Then a good friend reminded us (ok, we saw it while watching Gossip Girl under duress) and we've fallen in love all over again. This video for "Apartment Story" perfectly captures their low-key vibe: simple songs, elegantly played and beautifully sung, even if singer Matt Berninger does look like Jens Lehmann channeling Ian Curtis. A new album is in the works and they will play a sold-out gig at the Royal Festival Hall in August, but if you haven't got a ticket there's always the Gossip Girl repeats (let that be our little secret).