On 5th May 2013 The National collaborated with Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson on A Lot of Sorrow, a durational performance presented as part of MoMA PS1’s Sunday Sessions.
Kjartansson, who often uses repetitive performance to explore collective experience and emotion, invited The National to play their three-minute, twenty-five second song 'Sorrow' live on stage, repeatedly and continuously, for six hours. This incredible feat of endurance has become legendary, and the audio recording of the performance will be released as a limited edition 1,500 run vinyl boxed set by 4AD on 22nd June 2015.
Featuring nine pieces of clear vinyl in clear sleeves held in a translucent, screen printed box, A Lot of Sorrow is now available for pre-order. All profits will be donated to Partners in Health, an organisation dedicated to improve the health of impoverished people worldwide.
For more information, stock photos, and to pre-order the boxed set, visit www.alotofsorrow.com.
Last week, The National also celebrated the worldwide VHX release of their Mistaken For Strangers film by sharing previously unreleased track 'Sunshine On My Back'. Taken from the Trouble Will Find Me sessions, the track features Sharon Van Etten, and is available as a free download with purchases of the film here. It is also available to buy and stream individually on other digital services.