Every Saturday, we’ll give you a theme for you to take inspiration from to express yourself in any way you like. No limits. Share it with us that week on Instagram using #WhiteBlankPage and we’ll share some as we go.
Here’s the original version of Forever, from Aaron Dessner’s garage.
Back in 2013, off the back of touring Sigh No More and Babel we decided we needed to take a bit of a break from the road, catch our breath and regroup. The first time we really hung out to make music together was after a couple months living our lives and it was in the back garden of a friend’s house deep in Brooklyn, NY. That friend was Aaron Dessner from the National and he had built a studio in the garage in his garden. Between catching up, eating burritos and having a couple drinks, we messed around a bit with some new song ideas. This was one of those moments. Many of the songs that began in that garden ended up on Wilder Mind, whereas the later version of this song we saved for Delta. We just thought it’d be fun to share the journey that these songs go on some times!
This little nugget is dedicated to our amazing audiences, and our spectacular crew, for the Delta tour. We miss you, we love you and hope everyone is staying safe.
Our new video for Blind Leading The Blind is out now.
Working with Nick Davies made the process of making this an absolute privilege. Given our long history of work together, it was a complete joy to be under his direction again. We wanted to access the nature of the song, including some of its anger, introspection and even self-flagellation. A drum kit and an old sweaty laundry in Bangkok while on tour provided all we needed.
We are delighted to launch the new Gentlemen of the Road x Deering Banjos Goodtime Banjo! The perfect banjo for starters also makes an ideal travelling banjo and sounds so good we’ve even used it in the studio.
And above all else it’s the Xmas present of dreams…
So as you’re sitting down en famille this holiday season to watch everyone’s favourite Christmas movie Deliverance, with this GOTR banjo you can now re-enact all your favourite scenes! “Goddam you play a mean banjo!”
Blind Leading The Blind has been a song we’ve had up our sleeves for some time, which ended up being a catalytic song for much of our work on Delta, its themes and feelings, but that we never got round to finishing in time to put it on the original release. We’re proud that we’ve finally finished it, as it feels like one of the most challenging songs, thematically, that we’ve put out there, both for ourselves and our audience. It feels it’s becoming harder and harder to coerce yourself into a listening, present and unafraid disposition, but that’s the gauntlet we’re throwing down for ourselves.