THE NATIONAL AND GAME OF THRONES UNITE

THE NATIONAL AND GAME OF THRONES UNITE

Leigh MichaelSaturday,19 January 2013

The Snap:

Earlier this week, HBO released a new promo video for the highly-anticipated third season of Game of Thrones.

The trailer itself is a tantalizing piece of film footage for any fan, but what blew me away was their excellent musical accompaniment. “The Rains of Castamere,” performed by the National, is a standalone song, the sort that can be enjoyed even by those who never want to hear the phrase “Winter is Coming” again.

The show will start up again with a new season on 31 March (03.31.13…. check out that date symmetry).

The Download:

“The Rains of Castamere” is at once understated and powerful: with nearly-nonexistent musical backing, this song feels like a (distinctly creepy) lullaby. I actually really dig HBO’s choice to take the instrumentals out of the song completely for the trailer, as it allows you to appreciate the starkness of Matt Berninger’s voice.

This piece actually made its debut on the credits of Season Two’s finale, though I think that the audience was too bowled over by the episode itself to take much notice. It’s a shame – the song rocks, and, as I mentioned previously, is the sort of composition that even the most avowed GOT-haters could enjoy.

Here’s my spiel about The National, one that could really be summed up in three words: I love them. Berninger’s gravelly voice brings me back to Tom Waits or Leonard Cohen, and they have mastered the art of complementing that distinct sound with some seriously awesome instrumentals (this song defines that talent).

And here’s my obligatory spiel about Game of Thrones, which can also be summed up in three words: I love it. Yes, the show is chock-full of gratuitous sex/violence/incest/nudity/beautiful people/complicated names, but I almost appreciate how unabashedly shameless they are about it. It feels like a weekly dose of a slightly edgier Lord of the Rings, and I’m not one to pass up on that.

Watch the “Three Eyed Raven” trailer below. If nothing else, you’ll be treating yourself to an awesome track by The National.

Hat Tips:

Youtube, HBO, Image Source: Flickr

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