It would be a fair argument to say that The National are the reason why modern indie isn't completely dead. For the years proceeding the release of their 2005 LP, Alligator, they've been releasing wonderful albums one after another with no signs of slowing down. On their 2010 release, High Violet, they again cement their place among the best of indie rockers in the scene today with its pristine production value and beautifully bleak instrumentation and lyricism throughout it. The final track on the aforementioned record, "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks", is a beautiful portrayal of The National's talents. The slow, melodious melody paired with Matt Berninger mellow vocals swell as the song progresses with strings and crashes of the cymbals bringing it to a wonderful conclusion. It is a superb end to the record and one of my favorite tracks of the year.