The National have just announced the release of their collaboration with Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson in a box set.
Kjartansson, who often uses repetitive performance to explore collective experience and emotion, invited The National to play their three-minute, twenty-five second song “Sorrow” live on stage, repeatedly and continuously, for six hours.
This incredible feat of endurance has become legendary, and the audio recording of the performance will be released as a limited edition 1,500 run vinyl boxed set by 4AD on 22 June this year.
The five-piece Brooklyn band have also shared a new track ‘Sunshine On My Back’ which is free with the purchase their documentary ‘Mistaken For Strangers.’
Watch the clip:
Featuring nine pieces of clear vinyl in clear sleeves held in a translucent, screen printed box, A Lot of Sorrow is now available for pre-order for $150.
All profits will be donated to Partners in Health, an organisation dedicated to improve the health of impoverished people worldwide.
Matt Berninger (vocals), Aaron Dessner (guitar, bass, piano), Bryce Dessner (guitar), and Scott (bass, guitar) and Bryan Devendorf (drums) formed The National in 1999 and have since released six studio albums.
Their most recent release is GRAMMY nominated Trouble Will Find Me which debuted at #3 on Billboard’ s Top 200, marking their largest first week of sales to date.
The group released their documentary, “Mistaken For Strangers,”in 2013; a hilarious and touching portrait of two brothers, Matt and Tom Berninger, set to the backdrop of the juggernaut of the band’s 2010 release High Violet, an album that sold over 600,000 copies.
The documentary was chosen to premiere on the opening night of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival followed by a theatrical release in the US and worldwide distribution.
The A Lot of Sorrow boxed collaboration with Ragnar Kjartansson will be available 22 June 2015.
To pre-order visit www.alotofsorrow.com