EL VY - Return To The Moon
EL VY is a collaboration between vocalist and lyricist of The National Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf, the Portland musician and producer best known for his work in Menomena and his more recent band Ramona Falls.
Their debut album ‘Return To The Moon’ is a project Berninger and Knopf have been thinking about for years. Their friendship spans nearly a decade, starting back when The National and Menomena played small half-empty clubs along America’s West coast. Feeling an immediate musical kinship, the pair kept in touch, Brent sending Matt occasional rough sketches of music and Matt responding with ideas and lyrics. Finally, in the Winter and Spring of 2014 - 2015, they got together to make an album.
‘Return To The Moon’ sounds exactly like you’d hope a collaboration between these artists would: Berninger’s darkly funny, lyrical storytelling and his immediately identifiable sense of melody offset by Knopf’s playful, architectural arrangements and inventive production.