According to drummer Brian Devendorf, The National’s upcoming LP, Trouble Will Find Me, will feature guest vocals from Sufjan Stevens, Richard Reed Parry of The Arcade Fire, Annie Clark of St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten, and Nona Marie Invie of Dark Dark Dark. The album is set to be released on May 21. You can check out an interview excerpt after the jump.
Are there any other guest stars on the album, besides Sufjan? There are several. I know [Arcade Fire’s] Richard Reed Parry did a lot of great stuff. [Doveman] Thomas Bartlett was all over it. There were a lot of great musicians playing interesting instruments: there was a bass clarinet, regular clarinet, there’s strings, violin, viola, cello, there’s brass…it’s all used in these textual shifts rather than like, ‘here’s the brass!’ It’s subtle shifts.
There are some great guest vocalists that did really awesome parts: [St. Vincent] Annie Clark, Sharon Van Etten, and Nona Marie Invie, from the band Dark Dark Dark.