17 Oct 2015


From RNZ Music, 2:45 pm on 17 October 2015
EL VY is Brent Knopf and Matt Berninger

EL VY is Brent Knopf and Matt Berninger Photo: Deirdre O'Callaghan

While juggling the demands of parenting, touring, recording, and making films with his brother, The National frontman Matt Berninger has also managed to start another band. Though, he explains EL VY has been many years in the making.  Beginning as a few emails between him and Brent Knopf (Menomena), the pair gradually sent snippets of music wherever in the world they were, or more precisely, wherever in the world The National were touring.

Return To The Moon is the result of Berninger and Knopf's lengthy and intermittent collaboration.  The full-length album is a music homage to Berninger's hometown of Cincinnati and the semi-fictional characters of his youth. 

On the line from NYC he talks to Yadana Saw about some of the unlikely inspirations for the side project that has been "the best thing for the health of The National".

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Music details

Artist: EL VY
Songs: Return To The Moon (Political Song For Didi Bloome To Sing With Crescendo), I Am The Man To Be, Paul Is Alive
Composer: Berninger, Knopf
Album: Return To The Moon
Label: 4AD

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Song: Hopelessly Devoted
Composer: J. Farrar
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Label: Polydor

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Song: Grease
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