It’s a move clearly designed to induce head explosions for a certain subsection of broad indy rock fans, and it’s wonderful.
During The National’s headlining set at Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco, Matt Berninger and co. brought out the Chvrches lead singer to a smattering of applause. The two then duetted on the Trouble Will Find Me standout, “I Need My Girl”. The clear shift between Berlinger’s baritone and Mayberry’s soprano -perhaps surprisingly- works really well. The brooding darkness of the track is lightened a bit by Mayberry’s vocals, but it still feels remarkably cohesive. Here’s to hoping Mayberry makes her way into the studio for some guest vocals on the next National LP.