Matt Berninger, known throughout the alternative rock community as the lead singer of The National, will release his debut solo album this fall. To be titled, Serpentine Prison, the studio album was produced by Booker T. Jones and is scheduled to arrive on October 2nd via Book Records.
The album’s announcement on Tuesday comes a month after Berninger teamed up the Walkmen singer Walter Martin for a new collaborative single befitting of the times, “Quarantine Boogie (Loco)”. Berninger also shared the album’s lead single and title track with Tuesday’s announcement, which comes with a black and white music video taking viewers inside the studio for the recording of the song.
A statement shared by Berninger with the video’s arrival on Wednesday reads,
The song “Serpentine Prison” was written in December 2018 about a week after recording The National’s ‘I Am Easy to Find’. For a long time I had been writing songs for movies and musicals and other projects where I needed to get inside someone else’s head and convey another person’s feelings. I liked doing that but I was ready to dig back into my own garbage and this was the first thing that came out.
The title is from a twisting sewer pipe that drains into the ocean near LAX. There’s a cage on the pipe to keep people from climbing out to sea. I worked on the song with Sean O’Brien and Harrison Whitford and recorded it about six months later with Booker T. Jones producing. It feels like an epilogue so I named the record after it and put it last.
Scroll down to see a video of the twisting sewer pipe mentioned above, and watch the new video for “Serpentine Prison” by Matt Berninger below.
Matt Berninger – “Serpentine Prison”
[Video: Matt Berninger]
— Matt Berninger (@Mattberninger) May 13, 2020