It is very easy to find a reason to love the last release from The National. The band from Cincinnati (U.S), currently composed by Matt Berninger (vocals), Aaron Dessner (guitar, keyboards), Bryce Dessner (guitar), Scott Devendorf (guitar, bass) and Bryan Devendorf (drums), probably released one of its best albums. Delicate, gentle, fragile, emotive and formidably addictive, I Am Easy To Find, out for 4AD, collects and brings to a higher level the musical elements that gave the band such a reputation, starting from the beginning (1999), passing through a masterpiece of indie rock like Boxer (2007) and brilliant episodes like the previous Sleep Well Beast (2018).
While in the first part of their career their sound was an intense guitar oriented alternative rock, in the last years guitars have made room to keyboards and synths, giving the band an original and more poetic mood. The album is the result of this magic, its song being touching fragments of emotive life underlined by quiet fragments of essential music. And so it’s easy to be captured by the piano and the melody in “Quiet Light”, in which Matt’s voice is particularly empathic; it’s easy to get saddened by the violin and the drums in “Roman Holyday” (“Roman holiday, Every time it rains, Roman holiday, I’ll take away your shame”); it’s easy to get addicted to the electronics in the ballad “Hey Rosey”; it’s easy to cry suddenly while listening to the poetry in “I Am Easy To Find” and the final “Light Years”.
In these horrible times every sensible person needs an antidote to the hatred and the roughness in which we live: I Am Easy To Find is the best antidote you can find.