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Single Serving: The National – Exile Vilify

This feels like deja vu. Last month saw the release of a new track by the National and two tracks by Thom Yorke with Burial & Four Tet. And this month we get two new songs by Radiohead, followed shortly thereafter by another new song by The National.  I vote for this happening every month.  The new track by the National is called “Exile Vilify” and, somewhat surprisingly, it was recorded for the videogame Portal 2. I’ve played my fair amount of video games and I love the National – but I’ve never thought of pairing the two together.  Either way, I’m not complaining.  Thanks to Stereogum for the heads up!

The National – Exile Vilify

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Posted by Matthew Hickey

Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

  • Amazing track! This is beautiful.

  • Fred Foobar

    I heard this song as part of Portal 2, and just had to go track it down… I think I’ve found myself a new favorite artist now.

  • Jon (Shaggy)

    I saw the national at Austin City Limits last year and it was the closest thing to a religious experience that I’ve ever had. It was heart wrenchingly poignant with hilarious banter at times. Sometimes the lyrics would get so intense the mic would be thrown down and the vocalist (can’t remember his name offhand) would clench his face and crash to the stage for a time to recooperate. It was pure, unadulterated inspiration.

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