If you haven’t picked up the Dark Was the Night compilation, you’re sleeping on potential album of the year material.
I hit you with a few of my favorite songs from the compilation last month via a streaming widget. But to further convince you of this album’s greatness, Beggars/4AD is offering the National track, So Far Around the Bend, as a free download, which makes sense seeing as brothers Bryce and Aaron Dessner curated it.
Also, Pitchfork, which gave Dark Was the Night an 8.6 (but not without a frivolous argument, of course, about there not being enough “rhythm and electronics” and/or Animal Collective) has an interview with the Dessner brothers and a performance of the song. Embedded below: