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The National's Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf from Menomena & Ramona Falls) announces new collaboration EL VY

While The National's Aaron Dessner was working with Justin Vernon on the inaugural Eaux Claire festival, his bandmate Matt Berninger was working on a secret project he kept on his laptop called "The Moon."  Finally the project will see the light of day as a collaboration with Brent Knopf from Menomena and more recently Ramona Falls called EL VY.

The  files  in  that  folder  were  bits  of  music  from  Brent  Knopf,  the  Portland  musician  and producer best known for his work in Menomena and his more recent band, Ramona Falls. Berninger  and  Knopf  struck  up  a  friendship  nearly  a  decade  ago,  when  the  National  and Menomena  joined  together  for  a  west  coast  tour  of  small,  half-­?empty  clubs.  It  would  be years  before  the  New  York  indie  rockers  were  playing  on  television  and  packing  arenas, earning  Grammy  nominations  and  topping  critics'  lists,  but  the  two  felt  an  immediate musical kinship. It's a testament to their chemistry that Berninger and Knopf continued to feed that folder over the years with ideas.  

EL VY will release an album called Return to the Moon, which will be released on October 30 via 4AD. EL VY will also be going on tour to support the album and will make stop at Turner Hall Ballroom  on November 20.  EL VY also shared the track "Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)"

Return to the Moon Tracklisting

1. Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)
2. I’m the Man to Be
3. Paul Is Alive
4. Need a Friend
5. Silent Ivy Hotel
6. No Time to Crank the Sun
7. It’s a Game
8. Sleeping Light
9. Sad Case
10. Happiness, Missouri
11. Careless


03 – PORTLAND, OR, Doug Fir Lounge 04 – SEATTLE, WA, Neumos
06 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA, The Independent 07 – LOS ANGELES, CA, Troubadour
10 – PHILADELPHIA, PA, Union Transfer 11 – WASHINGTON, DC, 9:30 Club
13 – NEW YORK, NY, Bowery Ballroom
14 – BROOKLYN, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg 15 – BOSTON, MA, The Sinclair
16 – MONTREAL, QC, Theatre Fairmount 17 – TORONTO, ON, Opera House
19 – CHICAGO, IL, Metro
20 – MILWAUKEE, WI, Turner Hall Ballroom
21 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN, First Avenue

01 – COPENHAGEN, Pumpehuse 02 – HAMBURG, Knust
03 – AMSTERDAM, Melkweg 04 – COLOGNE, Kantine
06  – BERLIN, Astra
08  – PARIS, Trabendo
10 – LONDON, Electric Ballroom 12 – MANCHESTER, Gorilla
13 – DUBLIN, Whelans


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