EL VY release ‘Silent Ivy Hotel’ video – watch

New album 'Return To The Moon' due out tomorrow (October 30)

On the eve of the release of their debut album ‘Return To The Moon’, EL VY – a collaborative project formed by The National‘s Matt Berninger and Menomena‘s Brent Knopf – have unveiled a video for the track ‘Silent Ivy Hotel’.

The fifth clip released by the band (all of which have been helmed by Matt’s brother, Tom Berninger), the spooky piece celebrates the Halloween season with “pool-water martinis”. Click below to watch.

‘Return To The Moon’ will also include previously-released tracks ‘Need A Friend’, ‘Paul Is Alive’, ‘I’m The Man To Be’ and ‘Return To The Moon (Political Song For Didi Bloome To Sing, With Crescendo)’. “This record is more autobiographical than anything else I’ve written, but the details aren’t true,” Berninger previously explained. “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.”


EL VY – pronounced, according to the duo, like a ‘plural of Elvis’ – is not the first project to feature members of both The National and Menomena. Earlier this year, Bryce Devendorf and Danny Seim, as well as Sufjan Stevens collaborator Dave Nelson, came together to form Pfarmers. The bands debut album ‘Gunnera’, came out in May.

The ‘Return To The Moon’ tracklisting 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’ (Featuring Ural Thomas)
‘Sad Case’
‘Happiness, Missouri’

EL VY will play:

London Electric Ballroom (December 10)
Manchester Gorilla (12)
Dublin Whelans (13)