Bryan Devendorf, the drummer of the National, has surprise released his debut solo album, Royal Green. He co-produced it in Brooklyn along with Nate Martinez, with contributions from bandmates/collaborators Aaron Dessner and multinstrumentalist Josh Kaufman. You can stream the album below, and check out the video for ‘Breaking the River’, directed by Owen Cummings.
Containing eight tracks, the album consists of both originals as well as a few notable covers, including of Bob Dylan/George Harrison’s ‘If Not For You’, the Beatles’ ‘Baby You’re A Rich Man’, and Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’. It also features his own take on the National’s ‘Halo Chagrin’, a lost track which has never been properly released.
Along with the new LP, Royal Green are selling merch including beach towels, wristbands, and trucker hats. The album will be available to purchase on vinyl in December.