Listen: The National return with ‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness’ from new album ‘Sleep Well Beast’

The National return with ‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness’ from new album ‘Sleep Well Beast’

The band have also announced a world tour to support their seventh album, out in September.

After teasing their return over the last few days, The National have finally announced their new album. As expected, the record is called ‘Sleep Well Beast’, a phrase repeated across the teaser videos. They’ve also shared a new single, which also featured in billboards signalling the arrival of the record, called ‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness’.

‘Sleep Well Beast’ comes out on 8th September and the band are set to head out on a massive world tour in support of their seventh LP. Their dates begin at this year’s Glastonbury, before a UK and European tour in the month the album’s released, including four nights at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. The tour rolls on to the end of the year in the US.

View the tracklisting for ‘Sleep Well Beast’, listen to ‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness’ and view the tour dates below.

01 Nobody Else Will Be There
02 Day I Die
03 Walk It Back
04 The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
05 Born to Beg
06 Turtleneck
07 Empire Line
08 I’ll Still Destroy You
09 Guilty Party
10 Carin at the Liquor Store
11 Dark Side of the Gym
12 Sleep Well Beast

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23-25 Glastonbury Festival


12 Copenhagen, HAVEN Festival


16 Cork, Cork Opera House / Sounds From a Safe Harbour
17 Dublin, Vicar Street
18 Dublin, Vicar Street
20 Edinburgh, Usher Hall
21 Edinburgh, Usher Hall
22 Manchester, O2 Apollo
23 Manchester, O2 Apollo
25 London, Hammersmith Apollo
26 London, Hammersmith Apollo
27 London, Hammersmith Apollo
28 London, Hammersmith Apollo


05 Boston, Wang Theatre
06 New York, Forest Hills Stadium
11 Los Angeles, Hollywood Bowl
12 San Diego, CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
14 Berkeley, Greek Theatre
21 Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie
23 Berlin, Tempodrom
24 Berlin, Tempodrom
25 Amsterdam, AFAS Live
28 Lisbon, Coliseum
30 Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts
31 Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts


02-04 Pitchfork Paris Festival
04 Stockholm, Annexet
05 Stockholm, Annexet
06 Oslo, Sentrum Scene
07 Oslo, Sentrum Scene
27 Portland, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
28 Seattle, Paramount Theatre
29 Seattle, Paramount Theatre


01 Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
02 Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
04 Philadelphia, Verizon Hall
07 Montreal, Metropolis
08 Montreal, Metropolis
09 Toronto, Sony Centre
10 Hamilton, Hamilton Place Theatre
12 Chicago, Civic Opera House
13 Chicago, Civic Opera House