News recently broke that The National had already completed the recording of their new album, and lo and behold they have gone and confirmed it by announcing its release. Their eighth studio album is called I Am Easy To Find (perhaps an answer to old track 'Hard To Find) and comes out on May 17th through 4AD. Not only that, but they have teamed with Oscar-nominated director Mike Mills (20th Century Women, Beginners), who has created a short film starring Alicia Vikander that is a companion piece.

The new album will also feature several guest vocalists, including Gail Ann Dorsey, Sharon Van Etten, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle and more. Lead singer Matt Berninger comments on this saying "Yes, there are a lot of women singing on this, but it wasn't because, 'Oh, let's have more women's voices... It was more, 'Let's have more of a fabric of people's identities.' It would have been better to have had other male singers, but my ego wouldn't let that happen."

The first song to be shared from the new collection is 'You Had Your Soul With You', which immediately stands out from previous National songs in its electronically treated guitar stabs that introduce the track. Fortunately Scott Devendorf's drumming is familiarly brilliant, pushing the track along and allowing us to comfortably relax into the new sound of one of our favourite old bands. That is before there's frenzied strings and the song cuts back, allowing Gail Ann Dorsey to take centre stage and sweep the rest of the song away.

And here's a trailer for I Am Easy To Find:

You can pre-order I Am Easy To Find here; it comes out on May 17th.