Matt Berninger Details Solo Album and Shares Single

Over six months ago, Matt Berninger announced that he was going solo with the release of his debut album “Serpentine Prison.” Today, he’s shared the first look. Berninger has set a release date for October 2nd. The album will be released via Book Records, a record company created in collaboration with the album’s producer (and Memphis soul legend) Booker T. Jones. Berninger and Jones were joined by an interesting lineup of collaborators including Andrew Bird, The National’s Scott Devendorf, The Walkmen’s Walter Martin and Matt Barrick, Menomena’s Brent Knopf, and more.

Berninger unveiled the title track for “Serpentine Prison” as well as a music video showing the recording process in the studio. “Don’t try to connect the dots anymore”, he croons over strummed guitar, hushed percussion and droning organ notes, “Let ’em go, they’re gonna do it on their own / Tell me that I’m not in this alone.” Stream and watch “Serpentine Prison” below.

For listeners who can’t wait for more content until Berninger’s album drops in October, The National has a few things to keep you occupied. The band has a weekly YouTube Live series called An Exciting Communal Event. The stream goes live every Monday at 4:00 p.m. and features live shows and other rare or unseen footage from The National. I recommend the recently unveiled concert film Guilty Party: Basilica Hudson from an April stream. Fans can also check out Berninger’s recent cover of Mercury Rev’s “Holes” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.