Dork Radio
Now playing:
In the mag...
Featuring The 1975, Rina Sawayama, The Aces and more.
Order a copy
June 2020
Banger

The National - The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness

True quality always shines through.
The National - The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
Published: 2:54 pm, May 13, 2017
True quality always shines through.

Banger


Some things, they just are. While it’s logic that can be applied to many wildly differing scenarios, it’s especially true when it comes to something of true quality. A tactile, inherent thread that runs right through the DNA that sets it out as the real deal.

That’s what The National are built on. They always have been.

‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness’ is in many ways a subtle revolution for the band. From its ‘Especially For You’ ooohs to its Legitimate Actual Guitar Solo, there are elements that you wouldn’t associate with The National. But then, there are others which could only be them.

That wistful tone, that uniquely comforting vocal - you don’t find that anywhere else. It’s the pulpy texture that makes this both a band for connoisseurs, and legitimate big hitters. A definable magic that’s impossible to replicate. But then, why would we want to? Some things, they just are. Stephen Ackroyd

Give all this a try

Powfu: "Doing everything on my own is my favourite part of it"
Feature

Powfu: "Doing everything on my own is my favourite part of it"

Say hello to pop's new boy wonder, whose breakthrough single 'death bed' is set to be one of 2020's defining tracks.
Rina Sawayama: "Music has always been my comfort blanket"
Feature

Rina Sawayama: "Music has always been my comfort blanket"

Rina Sawayama was always going to be a pop mastermind, but with her debut album out and already gaining the kind of critical acclaim that makes a career, she’s quickly becoming something far more than she ever imagined.
Getting to know... Alien Tango
Feature

Getting to know... Alien Tango

Check out his new video for oddball pop tune 'Arthur Conan Doyle', too.
"I don't want to slow down" - introducing the new issue of Dork, featuring The 1975, out now!
New issue

"I don't want to slow down" - introducing the new issue of Dork, featuring The 1975, out now!

It's a 'Notes On A Conditional Form' extravaganza this month. Plus, Rina Sawayama, The Aces, Creeper, Orlando Weeks and loads more!
Like this? Subscribe to Dork and get every issue delivered direct to your door anywhere on the planet.
CONTACT PRIVACY ADVERTISE

© 2018 The Bunker Publishing