I can say without hesitation that The National is my favorite band to come out of the indie rock scene in the last couple years (they have been playing since 1999, but the last few years has seen them expand in popularity greatly). Any time they put out new music is a cause for excitement. Recently, they performed two new songs at CBC Radio’s “Q” show. The songs, "Rylan" and "I Need My Girl,” are on the quiet and restrained side, but are still fantastic. I can only hope that they have a new album in the works.
Listen to them here.