In an interview with Gigwise, The National's Matt Berninger spoke about their follow-up to last year's critically acclaimed Trouble Will Find Me. He said they're slated to begin work on it in October, and describes it as "different" both sonically and in how it will be written.

He explained further, saying “We always work on little things and email back and forth,” adding “We have no idea whether it’s going to work or not, but that’s as far as we’ve got with the new record: trying to work out a plan and a different approach. “I think we all feel that if we make another record like we’ve made the last three or four – we don’t need to do that.”