The National recently announced the title of their upcoming ninth studio album, First Two Pages Of Frankenstein.
First Two Pages Of Frankenstein, a follow-up to 2019’s I Am Easy to Find, is set to drop on April 28 via 4AD.
The band plans to embark on a summer tour that includes stops in the U.S., U.K., and Europe to support of the album.
As teased last week, the album features collaborations with Taylor Swift, Sufjan Stevens, and Phoebe Bridgers.
Last week, the band had posted a teaser clip on Twitter featuring 25 seconds of music with frontman Matt Berninger facing a piano. At the end of the clip, he turns around holding up a book of Mary Shelley‘s Frankenstein.
The post also includes a link to a password-protected section of their website at www.americanmary.com/lp9. According to Stereogum, the password “EVIL FOREBODINGS” grants fans access to a web page featuring a short video clip with audio from two new songs.
The clip shows a static shot of an open book with text that’s similar to Shelley’s original novel. The book starts off with a letter addressed “To Mrs. Bridgers, England”, referring to Phoebe Bridgers, and has two other notable mentions throughout the text: “Taylor” Swift and “Uncle Sufjan” Stevens.
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