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Video of the Moment #2157: EL VY

By on Tuesday, 9th August 2016 at 6:00 pm

EL VY – the musical partnership between the National‘s baritone frontman Matt Berninger and Menomena and Ramona Falls‘ Brent Knopf – released their debut album ‘Return to the Moon’ last year. It’s available now from Beggars imprint 4AD. For their latest music video from the LP, the duo turned to Berninger’s own brother Tom, who directed previously the pair’s video for ‘No Time to Crank the Sun’ last year, along with the 2013 documentary on the National Mistaken for Strangers. Err, okay, so ‘Sleepin’ Light’ is…one weird video to watch, and you can do so below. For more on our coverage of EL VY here on TGTF, follow this link.



Video of the Moment #1966: EL VY

By on Tuesday, 1st December 2015 at 6:00 pm

After an album and a single called ‘Return to the Moon’, it seems rather appropriate to me that EL VY – the pairing of the National‘s baritone Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf (Menomena, Ramona Falls) – have a song on their new album to give equal attention to the other major celestial body needed for our existence, the sun. Less frenetic than ‘Return to the Moon’, the time-lapse film style of the promo for ‘No Time to Crank the Sun’ is actually at odds with its relatively placid tempo. Little trivia tidbit: this video was filmed by Matt’s real-life actor/director brother Tom.

‘Return to the Moon’, the debut album from EL VY, is available now from 4AD. Want to have a listen to and watch of the lyric videos for ‘Need a Friend’ and ‘Silent Ivy Hotel’? You can here.



Video(s) of the Moment #1945: EL VY

By on Saturday, 31st October 2015 at 10:00 am

EL VY – aka the still relatively new side project of The National‘s Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf (Menomena, Ramona Falls) – released their debut album ‘Return to the Moon’ yesterday on 4AD Records. Carrie reviewed the title track when its lyric video appeared on the scene back in August; read her review here.

The latest lyric videos from EL VY, part of what has been an ongoing series, are for ‘Need a Friend’ and ‘Silent Ivy Hotel’ from the album. The video of the former includes live clips of Berninger and Knopf performing with Andy Stack of Baltimore band Wye Oak on drums and Matt Sheehy of Lost Lander on bass, as well as clips of Berninger touring his hometown of Cincinnati by bicycle. The promo for ‘Silent Ivy Hotel’ was revealed last Thursday and maybe as should be expected, given the timing, it’s appropriately Halloween themed. Watch the videos below.




Single Review: EL VY – Return to the Moon

By on Thursday, 20th August 2015 at 1:00 pm

The National frontman Matt Berninger has joined forces with Portland-based producer and musician Brent Knopf (Menomena, Ramona Falls) on a new side project called EL VY (the second syllable rhymes with “eye”). The pair will release their debut LP ‘Return to the Moon’ on the 30th of October on 4AD, but the fresh and unexpected sound of its title track is already making waves around the Internet.

‘Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)’ is surprisingly light-hearted and relaxed, with an air of easy confidence compared to Berninger’s heavier and more self-conscious work with The National. Knopf provides a nimble instrumental context whose tempo and texture deftly fluctuate between the slower, stripped back verses and the quick dance rhythm of the chorus. Shuffling percussion and concise, catchy guitar riffs draw attention to Berninger’s poised, even vocals. Despite the subtitle, there is no obvious dynamic crescendo to be heard, and Berninger wisely keeps his melodic delivery minimal, allowing the abstract prose of his lyrics to speak for itself.

The track’s lengthy subtitle doesn’t give much of a clue to the song’s overall meaning. Certainly the lines “I’m so excited the senator’s a fighter / don’t tell me nothing’s changed” have a political overtone to them, but the preceding lyric “went to bed and woke up inside another man’s head / nobody noticed”, might leave you with a lingering mental question mark. Regarding the eponymous Didi Bloome, Berninger’s remarks in the press release for the single shed some light on the subject: “This record is more autobiographical than anything else I’ve written, but the details aren’t true. It’s written in the voices of a few invented characters, composites of different people–myself, my wife, and other people I was thinking about.”


The lyric video for ‘Return to the Moon’, directed by Michael Brown and Tom Berninger, is a lo-fi, black and white glimpse into EL VY’s studio process. You can dance to the track’s infectious disco beat along with Matt Berninger by watching it just below. Berninger and Knopf will take EL VY on tour in North America in November, starting with two dates in Knopf’s home base of Portland before heading to Europe in December. The details of their scheduled dates in England and Ireland are this way.



EL VY / December 2015 English and Irish Tour

By on Wednesday, 19th August 2015 at 9:00 am

Matt Berninger of The National and Portland-based producer Brent Knopf, known together as EL VY, have just announced a new live show in London, adding to their previously scheduled three live dates in the UK and Ireland.  These four shows are part of a worldwide tour in support of EL VY’s debut LP ‘Return to the Moon’, which is due for release on the 30th of October via 4AD.

EL VY will spend November on tour in North America before crossing the pond for a full slate of European dates.  You can find a full listing of their upcoming live shows on their official Web site.  Tickets for the original set of three shows have already sold out, but if you’re quick, you might yet grab one for the first London gig on the 9th of December.

Wednesday 9th December 2015 – London Electric Ballroom
Thursday 10th December 2015 – London Electric Ballroom (sold out)
Saturday 12th December 2015 – Manchester Gorilla (sold out)
Sunday 13th December 2015 – Dublin Whelan’s (sold out)


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