ICYMI… In 2013, The National collaborated with an Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson on A Lot of Sorrow, a durational performance presented as part of MoMA PS1’s Sunday Sessions.
Kjartansson, who often uses repetitive performance to explore collective experience and emotion, invited The National to play their three-minute, twenty-five second song “Sorrow” live on stage, repeatedly and continuously, for six hours. This incredible feat of endurance has become legendary, and the audio recording of the performance will be released as a limited edition 1,500 run vinyl boxed set by 4AD / Remote Control.
The box set is $150 and all profits will be donated to Partners in Health, an organisation dedicated to improve the health of impoverished people worldwide. Purchasing vinyl and helping the world = win win!
The band have also shared a new single called ‘Sunshine On My Back’ which you can get for free if you purchase their documentary ‘Mistaken For Strangers’ here.
Listen to the gorgeous song here.