Dan’s DJ Pick of the Week is “Weird Goodbyes” by The National featuring Bon Iver! This long-anticipated collaboration hypnotizes the listener with its silky synth pads and spacey drum machine loops. All the while, the voices of Matt Berninger (of The National) and Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver) glide overhead in intertwining harmonies. Bemoaning the loss of childhood, lost loves, and all else that time has the power to take away, the song firmly instils a feeling of yearning, nostalgia, and grief.
As band member Aaron Dessner explains, the song sees the artists “mourning a loss of innocence and motivation, holding onto memories and feelings that inevitably slip away and the grief we all suffer in weird goodbyes.” Since “Weird Goodbyes” is a confirmed component of The National’s upcoming album, only time will tell how far these themes cary across the rest of the track list. While you wait for the new album, go ahead and listen to “Weird Goodbyes” down below!
Tune in to 100.1 FM or lightning100.com all week to hear “Weird Goodbyes” by The National (Feat. Bon Iver), Dan’s DJ Pick of the Week. Share your thoughts on the track by tagging #L100DJPicks on Twitter.