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Listen to an Unreleased Demo From the National


Brassland, the New York City-based indie label run by the National’s twin brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner and their writer pal Alec Hanley Bemis, turns 10 years old this month, and its founders are doling out free musical gifts to celebrate. Every weekday in November, fans can download a new track, including unreleased songs, rare demos, and live recordings, from artists on the label’s roster. An unreleased demo of the National’s “High Beams,” which appeared on the Music for Robots Vol. 1 compilation back in 2005, is one of the first offerings. Stream it below right now (a free download will be available on Thursday).

Brassland has released a track list for all the releases planned for November, though several of the song titles have yet to be revealed, including another song by the National due November 21. According to the label’s website, many of these songs “are not available anywhere else so this will be your only chance to hear them.” The rundown also includes songs from Australian ambient funk band Devastations, Bryce Dessner’s instrumental act Clogs, and Brooklyn experimental duo Buke & Gass, whose “Revel in Contempt” is available now.

To download the track you have to “like” the label’s Facebook page or Tweet a special birthday wish via their giveaway website.

As part of the celebration, Clogs have also unveiled a new music video/short film for their gorgeous instrumental tune “Turn 13,” which follows a sea serpent as it successfully attacks a UFO. Trippy!

The National, “High Beams”

Clogs, “Turn 13”