Wednesday, April 12, 2023

The National and Phoebe Bridgers Share Video for New Song “Your Mind Is Not Your Friend”

The National are back with another new song from First Two Pages of Frankenstein. “Your Mind Is Not Your Friend” features Phoebe Bridgers, and it arrives with a new psychedelic music video, directed by Bridgers’ brother, Jackson, and starring Matt Berninger’s brother, Tom. The Berninger brothers frolic in the woods and on a playground, both wearing black suits. (Matt’s is accented with plumes of fresh flowers.) Bridgers makes a brief cameo, picking up a baby sitting on the playground. Watch it below.

According to a press release, “Your Mind Is Not Your Friend” was born after Matt Berninger broke through some writer’s block. “When I feel stuck, I’ll often grab a book off the shelf just to get some words in my head, and the first two pages of Frankenstein ended up triggering ‘Your Mind Is Not Your Friend,’” he said. “The book starts off with the narrator on a voyage near the Arctic Circle, and that image of being adrift helped me to write about feeling disconnected and lost and lacking in purpose. Once I started confronting that strange, blurry panic of not having ideas, everything began to crack open a bit.”

First Two Pages of Frankenstein is out April 28. The new song follows the band’s previously released tracks “Eucalyptus,” “New Order T-Shirt” and “Tropic Morning News.” The new album features contributions from Sufjan Stevens and Taylor Swift.

Bridgers and the National’s Matt Berninger previously collaborated on the song “Walking on a String,” their contribution to Zach Galifianakis’ Between Two Ferns: The Movie.

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