Matt Berninger is getting ready to release his debut solo album Serpentine Prison this fall.
But before it arrives, he has shared a new song called "Distant Axis," which he wrote with The Walkmen's Walter Martin. The track itself is enamoring, but the accompanying video is a work of art, co-directed by the singer alongside his brother Tom Berninger and Chris Sgroi. And we're going to need some behind-the-scenes footage, please.
“I met Walter Martin fifteen years ago when The National opened for The Walkmen on a tour of shitty clubs in the American Southeast," recalls Berninger. "On that tour I learned a lot about how to be in a band without ruining your life. I also learned a lot about Florida, Tennessee and Georgia."
He continues: "Walt and I have stayed friends and about three years ago we started passing ideas back and forth. ‘Distant Axis’ started from a sketch Walt sent me named ‘Savannah.’ I think it’s about falling out of touch with someone or something you once thought would be there forever.”
Serpentine Prison is coming Oct. 2 and it's produced by Memphis icon Booker T. Jones. It's being released on Book Records, a new imprint created by Berninger and Jones in collaboration with Concord Records.
Watch the video for "Distant Axis" below.