- 14 May 19
With their new record I Am Easy To Find set for release on Friday, May 17, the band have released an incredibly moving short film starring Alicia Vikander
The National have truly done something great with I Am Easy To Find. They have condensed the life and experiences of one woman, played by The Danish Girl actress Alicia Vikander, into 24-minutes, creating a deeply affecting and engrossing short film. The National are experts in expressing colossal emotional depth in few words and, when coupled with the direction of Mike Mills, this visual is an exceptional illustration of their artistic abilities.
Reworked versions of five singles from the band’s upcoming record of the same name build the backing track for this film. The titular track, ‘Quiet Light’, ‘Rylan’, ‘The Pull of You’, ‘Oblivions’ and the previously released track ‘Light Years’ connect each frame, subtitled with defining moments from the various stages of existence, from birth to death.
This sprawling glance at one woman’s life follows the struggles, flaws, sexual discoveries, fluctuating relationships, financial crises and losses everyone experiences throughout their lives. The impactful death of loved ones and memories of the past echo throughout the piece, generating a sense of nostalgia and poignancy within the viewer.
The minimalist setting contrast the weighted subject matter, and the soundtrack accentuates each frame wonderfully. This short story is a precursor for what is sure to be a superb album.
Watch I Am Easy To Find below...