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The National’s Matt Berninger announces solo album

Never one to take a rest, The National frontman, Matt Berninger has revealed he is set to release a solo album.

Words by Jack Squibb

Matt Berninger of The National.
The National frontman, Matt Berninger has announced details of his first solo album, Serpentine Prison.

While The National are still in the thick of a world tour for their stunning album I Am Easy To Find, frontman Matt Berninger has found the time to make his first solo album.

The ‘Mistaken For Strangers’ singer took to Instagram on Friday to reveal he has been working on a solo project. Matt shared a picture of him in a studio with Booker T Jones, who helped produce the record.

Whilst showing his gratitude for the help from his friends to bring his project to life, Berninger revealed that his first solo effort will be called Serpentine Prison.

Kind, patient, visionary genius Booker T Jones produced and arranged my solo record. It’s called Serpentine Prison. More about it soon but basically I’m the luckiest man in the universe with lots of brilliant friends who can play instermints. Not worthy!

Berninger is yet to reveal any music from the forthcoming record or when it will be released.


This is the first time Berninger has gone solo, although he previously worked with Brent Knopf on a different side project, when they formed EL VY, releasing their sole album Return to the Moon in 2015.

Earlier that day, the soundtrack to Zach Galifianakis’ comedy Between Two Ferns was released. The soundtrack featured Matt Berninger, who teamed up with Phoebe Bridgers for a new original song ‘Walking on a String’. The duo appeared in the film performing  ‘Walking on a String’ in a dive bar.

Listen to ‘Walking on a String’ below:

Earlier this summer, we caught Matt Berninger and co. when they headlined Day two of Mad Cool Festival in Madrid, Spain. Click here to relieve their captivating set.

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