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Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf in a beautiful collaboration

I happen to have very mixed feelings when it comes to music collaborations. The reason perhaps is that I usually like only one out of two artists. God forbid when there’s more than that! Obviously, there’s plenty of great projects so I can’t generalise but yeah.. there’s also so many bad ones. However, this particular one definitely falls into the first group!

The National’s Matt Berninger and Ramona Falls’/Menomena’s Brent Knopf are quite a team! Their (almost a decade long) friendship resulted in a new record which is set for release later this year.  The new formation EL VY (pronounced like a plural of Elvis and rhymed with “hell pie” – ELL-Vye, not Ell-Vee) is all about bringing to life Knop’s musical parts and Berninger’s lyrics.

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The two musicians made a few comments in a press statement about the entire project.

I never worried about sending Matt something unfinished, Knopf said. 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, but the details aren’t true, said Berninger. 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 the lead track (with the very short title) Return To The Moon (Political Song For Didi Bloome To Sing, With Crescendo) watch below.

Return to the Moon is out on October 30 with a track listing as follows

01 Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, With Crescendo)
02 I’m the Man to Be
03 Paul Is Alive
04 Need A Friend
05 Silent Ivy Hotel
06 No Time to Crank the Sun
07 It’s a Game
08 Sleepin’ Light (ft. Ural Thomas)
09 Sad Case
10 Happiness, Missouri
11 Careless

EL VY are also going on a massive tour which includes a few dates for UK and Ireland.
10-12 London – Electric Ballroom
12-12 Manchester – Gorilla
13-12 Dublin – Whelans

Oh and rumour has it that The National and Ramona Falls are also both working on new albums.

Exciting time!