The National’s Matt Berninger and Menomena’s Brent Knopf reveal new collaborative project

EL VY announce their debut album, Return To The Moon

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Matt Berninger, vocalist and lyricist of The National, and Brent Knopf, the Portland musician and producer best known for his work in Menomena and his more recent band, Ramona Falls, have announced details of a new project.

EL VY release their debut album Return To The Moon on October 30 via 4AD.

The album was recorded during the winter and spring of 2014-15, with Knopf sending Berninger occasional rough sketches of music and Berninger responding with melodies and lyrics.


Knopf explains, “I never worried about sending Matt something unfinished. He’s able to imagine where it can go. He can grab the four bars that will become the core of the track and develop them into something amazing.”

“This record is more autobiographical than anything else I’ve written,” says Berninger, “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 tracklisting for Return To The Moon is


Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)
I’m the Man to Be
Paul is Alive
Need a Friend
Silent Ivy Hotel
No Time To Crank The Sun
It’s A Game
Sleepin’ Light (feat. Ural Thomas)
Sad Case
Happiness, Missouri

EL VY will perform with a touring band for the following shows:

03 – PORTLAND, OR, Doug Fir Lounge
04 – SEATTLE, WA, Neumos
06 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA, The Independent
07 – LOS ANGELES, CA, Troubadour
10 – PHILADELPHIA, PA, Union Transfer
11 – WASHINGTON, DC, 9:30 Club
13 – NEW YORK, NY, Bowery Ballroom
14 – BROOKLYN, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg
15 – BOSTON, MA, The Sinclair
16 – MONTREAL, QC, Theatre Fairmount
17 – TORONTO, ON, Opera House
19 – CHICAGO, IL, Metro
20 – MILWAUKEE, WI, The Turner
21 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN, First Avenue

01 – COPENHAGEN, Pumpehuset
02 – HAMBURG, Grunspan
03 – AMSTERDAM, Melkweg
04 – COLOGNE, Kantine
06 – BERLIN, Astra
08 – PARIS, Trabendo
10 – LONDON, Electric Ballroom
12 – MANCHESTER, Gorilla
13 – DUBLIN, Whelans

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