The National Release New Song ‘Castamere’ for ‘Game of Thrones’ Soundtrack
It’s been two years since the National released their last album, ‘High Violet,’ but while waiting for the band’s next full-length, fans can tide themselves over with a brand-new track recorded for the soundtrack to season two of ‘Game of Thrones.’
Titled ‘Castamere,’ the song has already been posted to YouTube; we’ve embedded the clip below, where you can hear what it sounds like when the band is inspired by the hit HBO series adapted from George R.R. Martin’s bestselling books. According to Pitchfork, ‘Castamere’ offers the National’s spin on ‘The Rains of Castamere,’ a ‘Game of Thrones’ song about the “violent dynastic struggles among the kingdom’s noble families for control of the Iron Throne.”
The song acts as a pleasantly doomy companion piece to the band’s other soundtrack tie-in of the week: the narration and musical score for the new iPad app/children’s book ‘Dragon Brush.’ As frontman Matt Berninger explained in a press release, “The story has all my favorite things. Waterfalls, magical dragons and the sound of my own voice.”
‘Dragon Brush’ is out now; the ‘Game of Thrones’ season two soundtrack, which also features new music from composer Ramin Djawadi, is scheduled to go on sale on June 19.
Listen to the National’s ‘Castamere’