Listen: The National – “The Rains of Castamere”


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The National contribute haunting Game of Thrones track

The National have contributed a song to the hugely popular HBO series Game of Thrones.  The song, “The Rains of Castamere,”will appear on the season two soundtrack, which is to be released on June 19 via Varese Sarabande. George R.R. Martin, the creator of Game of Thrones, wrote “The Rains of Castamere” as a song about “violent dynastic struggles among the kingdom’s noble families for control of the Iron Throne.” It’s a sobering dirge in the hands of The National, and Matt Berninger‘s entrancing, apocalyptic delivery brings him ever closer to the vocal territory where Leonard Cohen is king. “The Rains of Castamere” is a somber fable haunted by magnificent string and horn compositions, as well as Berninger’s torchlight narration.  Stream “The Rains of Castamere” below.

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