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EL VY

Monday, October 19, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Matt Berninger (that magical baritone voice at the heart of The National) and Brent Knopf (Ramona Falls/formerly of Menomena) have teamed up for a new project, EL VY. When the new duo was announced in August with the first single, “Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo),” I couldn’t have hit ‘Play’ fast enough and was instantly enamored. Partly because I’d gleefully listen to Matt Berninger sing almost-literally anything, but also largely because I find the new pairing of his rich but frill-less, often subdued vocals with the bouncy, varied, frequently experimental instrumentation supplied by Knopf to be fun and a charming departure from how I’m used to hearing Matt’s voice used. If The National works because Berninger’s vocals nestle and entwine perfectly with the band’s sound, this project works because there’s a complimentary contrast that keeps things interesting. EL VY’s debut album is due out at the end of October. Listen to a few of their tunes below:

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Also, Beach House sneak-attacked fans with a second new album in less than two months with the release of Thank Your Lucky Stars last week…and with my initial listen, I’m finding the record to be the perfect shade of melancholy.

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