11 March 2009

Dark was the Night: Indie Rock's answer to "We are the World"

One of my favorite bands that are currently active in the market is The National. Last year, I had the opportunity to attend their show at Messiah College. It was worth the four hour trip through Pennsylvania and was one of the best live shows I have ever witnessed. The album Boxer is amazing, which helped to propel it to the top of many Top 10 lists.

Since the release of Boxer and the Messiah College concert, I have waited with bated breath for The National's next release. Although, Dark was the Night is not exclusively a project from The National, it features their newest single So Far Around the Bend. Check out the video for So Far Around the Bend, below.

Dark Was the Night is comprised of thirty two exclusive tracks, with contributions from artists such as The Decemberists, Feist, The National, My Morning Jacket, and Sufjan Stevens. Under the production of Bryce and Aaron Dessner of The National, each artist brings their unique flavor to an album that will probably be one of the best compilations of 2009. The proceeds of the album benefit the Red Hot Organization, an group that is dedicated to raising funds for HIV and AIDS.

Besides The National's single, stand outs on the compilation include Feeling Good from My Brightest Diamond and Knotty Pine, a collaboration between The Dirty Projectors and David Byrne. Feeling Good is a sultry song that evokes images of supper clubs, Josephine Baker, and speakeasies. In contrasts, Knotty Pine is a delightful tune that makes you want to go camping in the mountains with a hefty bag of granola. Over all, Dark Was the Night is a solid album and is a must have for any indie music fan.

Service Bell--Feist f. Grizzly Bear

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