Published May 23, 2012Having already whipped up countless heartbreaking tunes revolving around the complications of adulthood, three members of indie rock sad-sacks the National have teamed-up to pull a complete 180 by scoring and narrating a new interactive app for children called Dragon Brush.
According to press material, vocalist Matt Berninger uses his booming baritone to deliver the story of Bing-Wen, a young boy/rabbit in a small village from China with an affinity for painting. Apparently, "when given a magical brush that makes drawings come to life, Bing-Wen must use his art and wits to outsmart the greedy Emperor."
In a statement, Berninger said, "The story has all my favourite things. Waterfalls, magical dragons, and the sound of my own voice."
Brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner, meanwhile, supply the sounds. An extra tie to the National comes via artwork by Spike Press's John Solimine, who had previously provided poster artwork for the band.
You can check out a trailer for the children's app, which features a snippet of dialogue, some acoustic plucking and a sneezing dragon, down below.
Thanks to Pitchfork for the tip.