Matt Berninger 2020 album "Serpentine Prison" cover artwork

Matt Berninger Of The National Drops Debut Solo Record “Serpentine Prison”

Per the official press release –

Serpentine Prison, the highly anticipated debut solo record from Matt Berninger, frontman of The National, is out now. Produced by famed Memphis multi-instrumentalist Booker T. Jones, the album is available via Book’s Records, a new imprint formed by Berninger and Jones in conjunction with Concord Records. Order the album HERE.

Berninger is set to perform selections from the new record tomorrow on CBS’ “This Morning: Saturday” and “The Tonight Show with Stephen Colbert” on October 22.

Serpentine Prison features contributions from a wide array of notable artists, including Matt Barrick (The Walkmen, Jonathan Fire*Eater), Andrew BirdMike BrewerHayden DesserScott Devendorf (The National, LNZNDRF), Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz), Booker T. JonesTeddy JonesBrent Knopf (EL VY, Menomena), Ben Lanz (The National, Beirut, LNZNDRF), Walter Martin (The Walkmen, Jonathan Fire*Eater), Sean O’BrienMickey Raphael (Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan), Kyle Resnick (The National, Beirut), Matt Sheehy (EL VY, Lost Lander) and Harrison Whitford (Phoebe Bridgers). Additional production on the album was provided by Sean O’Brien.

In addition to his duties as frontman of acclaimed rock group The National, with whom he won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album for 2017’s Sleep Well Beast, Berninger also collaborated with Brent Knopf (Ramona Falls, Menomena) under the moniker EL VY for the 2015 release Return to the Moon. In 2019 Berninger appeared in Between Two Ferns: The Movie and teamed up with Phoebe Bridgers to contribute the song “Walking on a String” to the film’s soundtrack.


  1. My Eyes Are T-Shirts
  2. Distant Axis
  3. One More Second
  4. Loved So Little
  5. Silver Springs (Ft. Gail Ann Dorsey)
  6. Oh Dearie
  7. Take Me Out of Town
  8. Collar of Your Shirt
  9. All for Nothing
  10. Serpentine Prison
  11. European Son
  12. Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
  13. In Spite of Me
  14. Big Bird
  15. Let It Be
  16. The End
Matt Berninger 2020 album "Serpentine Prison" cover artwork

You can also listen to twelve of the sixteen songs from the album via Youtube:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *