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The National on the Influence of Director Mike Mills

on May 22, 2019, 12:05pm

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The National guitarist Bryce Dessner sits down with Kyle Meredith to discuss I Am Easy To Find and how the new album meditates on the limitations and possibilities of a band. The two also dive into the details of how filmmaker Mike Mills played a crucial role in the LP, producing and writing alongside the band while creating a short movie to accompany the record. Dessner also talks a bit about his most recent solo offerings and how all of this opens the door wide open for what the band does from here on out.

Kyle Meredith With… is an interview series in which WFPK’s Kyle Meredith speaks to a wide breadth of musicians. Each episode, Meredith digs deep into an artist’s work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going, from legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2 and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty. Check back Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for new episodes. Rate the series now via Apple Podcasts.