The National have teamed up with Bon Iver for a new single, ‘Weird Goodbyes’.
Teased over the last week, Matt Berninger explains: “It’s about letting go of the past and moving on, then later being overwhelmed by second thoughts.”
“‘Weird Goodbyes’ was one of the first new songs we made,” Aaron Dessner adds. “I was misusing drum machines, as usual, and stumbled onto this beat that got stuck in my head – it felt like something only Bryan could naturally play. We built the song around the beat. Matt’s melody and words felt so elegant and moving from the beginning – mourning a loss of innocence and motivation, holding onto memories and feelings that inevitably slip away and the grief we all suffer in weird goodbyes.”
“I somehow could hear our friend Justin’s voice and heart in this song from the beginning,” he adds. “We sent it to him and it moved him – he then sang with Matt so powerfully.”