A collaboration between National
vocalist/lyricist Matt Berninger and multi-instrumentalist/producer Brent Knopf of Menomena
and Ramona Falls
, El VY ("pronounced like a plural of Elvis
; rhymes with 'hell pie'") came to fruition in 2015.
Friends and occasional tour mates for over a decade, Berninger and Knopf had been sending music to each other for years, but it wouldn't be until early 2015 that those audio snapshots would come to life. The resulting 4AD
-issued Return to the Moon, the duo's debut studio long player, pairs Berninger's distinct, sardonic wit and skewed narrative talents with Knopf's imaginative production and versatile arrangements. The first single from the LP, "Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, With Crescendo)", dropped in late September, with the full-length following later that October. ~ James Christophe Monger, Rovi