The National have already got a few memorable albums under their belt, notably their 2007 indie breakthrough Boxer, but here is my favorite song by the band by some distance, released some seven years ago on their Cherry Tree EP (2004). Performed in a detached register, there is something less than cogent about the musical arrangement of “Wasp Nest” that nevertheless evokes an intoxicating late-night cadence compatible with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s prose. Picture Matt Berninger, in character, making a quick study of the spiral of uninteresting strangers at some party, then setting his sights on the girl with the immaculately bobbed hair, only to lament in his weary baritone about “all your wrath and cutting beauty, you’re poison in a pretty glass”. – Keith.
Don’t miss The National’s first-time performance in Singapore on March 15, as part of the Mosaic Music Festival 2011.