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The National’s Matt Berninger

The members of The National, originally from Cincinnati, have been busy lately. In January, guitarist Aaron Dessner supported Taylor Swift’s songwriting prowess during a dust-up with another musician. Now singer Matt Berninger is making headlines for a new collaboration.

Berninger is featured on a new song by Nashville singer-songwriter Caroline Spence called “I Know You Know Me.” Released on February 4, the ballad has a soft melancholy tinge to it – something that has become a hallmark of Berninger’s songs – although it’s really about having someone you see and understand fully and deeply.

In it, Spence and Berninger exchange verses on behalf of their characters, acknowledging their place in each other’s lives, and the song builds with layered instrumentation. Their exchanges sound like beautiful, sweet love letters, the overall composition being a heartfelt cousin to The Swell Season’s 2006 hit “Falling Slowly.”

Listen to the song below.


On February 4, Berninger shared the new single. “It was a pleasure to sing with
@carolinespence_ on her new song “I Know You Know Me”” he said on Twitter.

“I Know You Know Me” will be part of an album Spence plans to release later this year. She will perform at Ludlow Garage in Cincinnati on Wednesday, March 23.

Berninger released his first solo album serpentine prison in 2020 and covered The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting for the Man” for a tribute album in 2021.

In October, The National celebrated the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut album by releasing their entire catalog to BandCamp.

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