Portal 2 tune penned by The National

Valve signs indie rock group for original song to appear in upcoming first-person puzzler on 360, PS3, PC.

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For the original Portal, Valve tapped obscure nerd-rock icon Jonathan Coulton to deliver the science-experiment-gone-nightmare puzzler's iconic end-credit tune, "Still Alive," to huge success. For Portal 2, Valve has again enlisted indie rock help, announcing today that it has secured the talent of The National to write an original song for the game.

Valve offered no indication of what gamers can expect from The National, saying only that the band's recording label approached them about doing a song for the game.

Listening to The National and escaping from this room apparently provide the same "visceral reactions."

"The National's raw and emotive music evokes the same visceral reactions from its listeners that Portal does from its players," Bug Music manager Julia Betley said. Like the first game, Portal 2 sees players attempting to escape from an aseptic house-of-horrors science facility, where they must solve puzzles to avoid being exterminated.

For more on Portal 2, which is due out for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on April 18, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

48 comments
totlot
totlot

That song redefined how i think about music, It was awesome.

Sharpie125
Sharpie125

Wasn't going to touch Portal 2 until I finished the first, but upon hearing this news, I'm prepared to drop $50 on the game day one because I like TN so much.

Warhero_BR
Warhero_BR

@onioneater the cake is not... xD

mtait01
mtait01

you will never beat the song at the end of portal 1 :p

Ryir554
Ryir554

yes! one of my favorite bands, glad to hear their getting some recognition.

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

Indie often always ends up working almost perfectly on games.

menotgood
menotgood

"Never heard of them. But that's good - Its nice to see a game using music from somewhat unknown musicians and helping them out." lolwat

DKant
DKant

P.S: BEST ad ever

DKant
DKant

"....to huge success". NICE work Mr. Magrino. :) NICE work.

XenoLair
XenoLair

@Bobzfamily Had no idea, I usually listen to pre 90's music. Still discovering music this way is good.

Bobzfamily
Bobzfamily

@XenoLair Not unknown at all, they have a fairly large fanbase actually. I like the National, but I'm not sure that they're the right fit for a game set in the Portal universe. Regardless of my expectations or not, I look forward to playing the game and hearing their music in it.

Neil_Clancy
Neil_Clancy

Jonathan Coulton isn't doing the music? That's a crime. Only disappointment with Portal 2 so far.

OleanderX
OleanderX

I cant wait for this game! I start my job on Monday so I will be able to get this game day one.

ehuman
ehuman

That video is so adawwwrable.

HellaStoned
HellaStoned

The National is a really cool band. You guys will not be disapointed. Their music is the type of music to make you feel things.

never-named
never-named

'Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers' is one of my favorite rock albums from the last decade and last year's 'High Violet' was easily one of the best rock records of that year (the best being Stone Temple Pilots self-titled album), super excited to hear what they do with Portal 2's music!

Wylen0
Wylen0

I am personally going to go into this game not expecting the music to beat still alive becuase that would absolutley ruin for me, instead i am going in with some hopes and will surely be happy at the end of it :D

XenoLair
XenoLair

Never heard of them. But that's good - Its nice to see a game using music from somewhat unknown musicians and helping them out.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

I am extremely excited for Portal 2 though I don't feel they will be able to match Still Alive.

vader501st
vader501st

It's hard to overstate my statisfaction upon seeing this. Portal is so full of win.

mattg90520
mattg90520

Im starting a new thing - game embargo on games Im anticipating for about six months or so before release. Im tired of feeling like the game is ruined by devs who show the whole game in trailers. Irregardless, good news. One more month, cant wait!

lightwarrior179
lightwarrior179

The National are an awesome band no doubt but it sounds like a bit of a weird match right now. Unless Portal 2 has one gloomy,downbeat,moody sequence which would suit National's music. :D

fkbwii
fkbwii

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Anthrizacks
Anthrizacks

Amazing band and amazing game...but they seem an awkward match. We'll see what happens.

mrfidget
mrfidget

They've got big shoes to fill. Hopefully they can pull it off.

isaacmj
isaacmj

Did they waited until now to hire them or they just waited until now to announce it?

joeborg14
joeborg14

Awesome Game + Awesome Band = My Whole-Hearted Support for Valve!!!

Cazoon
Cazoon

I was afraid I'd eat your BRAIIIINSSS

nclausen
nclausen

I doubt this song can stand up to still alive, but hopefully it still captures the feeling of the game

zmanrwks
zmanrwks

Still Alive was a great theme, and hopefully this one will be just as great.

jecht_35
jecht_35

no doubt they will do a great job but the "still alive" song will always be a classic and the song we will always remember when we think of portal. ...I'm doing Science and I'm still alive. I feel fantastic and I'm still alive. While you're dying I'll be still alive. And when you're dead I will be still alive. STILL ALIVE...

boarwar
boarwar

good god i need a new portal 2 trailer before april

brandontwb
brandontwb

I have a few of their songs. I didn't listen to them much, but a lot of their songs seem to fit perfectly for credits to a movie. Maybe they'll be in the credits in Portal2 .

thisisreallybor
thisisreallybor

This is SICK- the national is my favorite artist of all time. I am not lying at all. If you want a good example of their music, listen to "Apartment Story" If you liked that, listen to "Brainy" or "Lit up" The National, in my opinion, has to be the most under-heard and incredible undiscovered bands of all time. I promise you that "Apartment Story" is worth a listen, and this band is worth a try.

msudude211
msudude211

I've never heard of them - should be interesting.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

They should fit right in, they are a little more up tempo from Jonathan Coulton but they have a good sound, just as good actually.

mike_ezm
mike_ezm

i thought about this as soon as portal 2 was anounced, i dont know if there is anything that can beat the still alive song

okami5436
okami5436

@yemen_headshot put a quarter in the Epic jar

KillerWabbit23
KillerWabbit23

Wait, the record label approached Valve about doing the song? I'm not sure this will go well.