A new track from The National leaked last week and it serves as a good mini-preview of the Cincinnati-bred group’s headlining appearance at National guitarist Bryce Dessner’s MusicNOW festival on May 15 at Music Hall. The track “Think You Can Wait” comes from the soundtrack to the upcoming film Win Win by director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor). The song features guest vocals from pal/collaborator Sharon Van Etten, who is scheduled to open the band’s MusicNOW show (and, I would guess, perform “Wait” with the group).
Tickets for MusicNOW, including the shows at Memorial Hall May 13-14, went on sale last week. Great seats for all three shows are still plentiful.here to buy tickets for The National’s show and here for more on the festival and links to buy tickets to the Memorial Hall concerts.
According to an interview from the Sundance Film Festival with National singer Matt Berninger by HitFix, the song was written specifically for the film and recorded during a touring break. Win Win opened nationwide Friday (it is tentatively slated to open here April 8) and stars Paul Giamatti, who was recently in town to film scenes for the George Clooney film The Ides of March. Check out the song below while you can (the film company has apparently scrubbed the track from several sites that posted it last week).The National - Think You Can Wait by weallwantsome1