The National Have Written “30 Sketches of Songs” for New Album

The follow up to 'Trouble Will Find Me' may come sooner than anticipated

In an interview with NME, The National’s Matt Berninger revealed that the band is already writing a new album.

Berninger explained that the band found the time to go on a writing retreat with the rest of the band to follow up 2013’s Trouble Will Find Me. It seems as if they’ve made great use of that time, as they’ve already wrote 30 sketches of songs.

“We did a camp-out retreat in New York a couple of months ago, and we’re having another one in LA in a few weeks. We have 30 sketches of songs so far,”

Aaron Dessner has even been giving the songs working titles named after towns in Upstate New York. The band had a similar song naming process from their last album: “Before, he’s named them after things like civil wars. All the songs that turned into Trouble Will Find Me were named after children of our friends.”

In the meantime, we can expect a lot of good things to come from Berninger, as his collaborative project with Brent Knopf of Menomena called EL VY is set to release their debut record Return to the Moon this fall. They’ve already shared the first single from the album ” Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, With Crescendo)”, which you can listen to above.