The National

The National came through Saltlands Studio recently. In between dates touring their successful new record, “High Violet,” they arrived with a mission to record a cover song. The song is entitled “Twenty Miles to NH” and was written by Peter Katis, who has a longstanding relationship with The National as engineer/co-producer on several of their records.

Throughout Katis’ tenure with them and many other artists he has sustained his own musical force, The Philistines Jr. This entity has put out a catalog of reputable material this past decade and in a recent exciting move Katis invited some of his artist friends to each cover a Philistines Jr song, including the National, Jonsi, Mercury Rev, Tokyo Police Club, Tapes ‘N Tapes, and more. This should make for a highly engaging album of valuable reinterpretations from bands with the merit to master it as their own. Read the Pitchfork announcement.

The National chose to record their take of “Twenty Miles to NH” at Saltlands this winter, working with Steve Salett, Jim Smith, and Josh Kaufman to fuse the band’s own sonic architecture with a musical sculpture of the PJR. We all had a blast, and hope that the resulting track is as enjoyable to Mr. Katis as it was to the band and the studio!

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