The National’s Matt Berninger has unveiled a new solo single titled ‘Distant Axis’. It’s taken from his upcoming album, Serpentine Prison, due out on October 2nd via Book Records, a new imprint he created with the record’s producer, Booker T. Jones. Check out the new track below, along with a music video directed by Berninger and his brother, Tom.
‘Distant Axis’ is a collaboration with The Walkmen’s Walter Martin. In a statement, Berninger explained: “I met Walter Martin fifteen years ago when The National opened for The Walkmen on a tour of shitty clubs in the American Southeast. On that tour I learned a lot about how to be in a band without ruining your life. I also learned a lot about Florida, Tennessee and Georgia. Walt and I have stayed friends and about three years ago we started passing ideas back and forth. ‘Distant Axis’ started from a sketch Walt sent me named ‘Savannah’. I think it’s about falling out of touch with someone or something you once thought would be there forever.”
Serpentine Prison will feature guest appearances from Andrew Bird, The National’s Scott Devendorf, The Walkmen’s Matt Barrick, Menomena’s Brent Knopf, and more.