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Listen: The National cover Perfume Genius’ “Learning”

on February 04, 2014, 1:40pm

Photo by Jeremy Larson

The National offer baritone and brooding textures on their rendition of Perfume Genius’ “Learning”. The cover acts as the B-side to “I Need My Girl”, the latest single from Trouble Will Find Me.

While the band’s take mostly stays true to the moving, piano-led original — a highlight off Perfume Genius’ 2010 album of the same name — Matt Berninger’s deep bellow seems to add another dimension of previously unexplored sentimentality. It’s dark, heavy, and all the resonant. Check it out below.

Update: The National have also announced new tour dates.

The National 2014 Tour Dates:
02/04 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena
02/06 – Adelaide, AU @ Thebarton
02/07 – Sydney, AU @ Opera House Forecourt
02/08 – Sydney, AU @ Opera House Forecourt
02/09 – Melbourne, AU @ Myer Music Bowl
02/11 – Bribane, AU @ Riverstage
02/14 – Perth, AU @ Perth Festival
02/16 – Tokyo, JP @ Hostess Club Weekender
02/18 – Taipei, TW @ Hostess Club Taipei
02/20 – Manila, PH @ Hostess Club Manila
02/22 – Singapore @ Hostess Club Weekender
03/01 – Manchester, UK @ BBC Radio 6 Music Festival
03/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
04/09 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall *
04/10 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall *
04/11 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall *
04/12 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Calvin College Covenant Fine Arts Center
04/15 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre *
04/16 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre *
04/17 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre *
04/21 – Austin, TX @ The Moody Theater at Austin City Limits Live #
04/22 – Austin, TX @ The Moody Theater at Austin City Limits Live #
04/26 – Berkley, CA @ Greek Theatre %
05/09-11 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
05/23-25 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
05/30 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/01 – Mannheim, DE @ Malfeld Derby
06/02 – Munich, DE @ Zenith
06/04 – Hamburg, DE @ Stadtpark
06/05 – Berlin, DE @ Zitadelle
06/09 – Warsaw, PL @ Amiteatr
06/10 – Leipzig, DE @ Parkbuhne
06/11 – Cologne, DE @ Tanzbrunnen
06/13 – Aarhus, DK @ NorthSide Festival
07/10 – Edinburgh, UK @ Usher Hall
07/12 – London, UK @ British Summer Time Hyde Park ^
07/14 – Cork, IE @ Live at the Marquee !
07/16 – Galway, IE @ Galway Arts Festival !
07/18 – Dublin, IE @ Iveagh Gardens !
07/19 – Dublin, IE @ Iveagh Gardens
07/22 – Ferrara, IT @ Piazza Castello
07/25 – Vasto, IT @ Siren
07/26 – Lucca, IT @ Piazza Napolene
07/29 – Brescia, IT @ Anfiteatro del Vittoriale
07/31 – St. Petserburg, RU @ A2
08/01 – Moscow, RU @ Arena Moscow
08/03 – Kiev, UA @ Stereo Plaza
08/06 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Fest

* = w/ Daughter
# = w/ Warpaint
% = w/ Portugal. the Man
^ = w/ Neil Young
! = w/ Phosphorescent

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Mike
February 4, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Beautiful cover, glad it’s finally being officially released somewhere other than Japan

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