EL VY take a tipsy swing at garage with "I'm The Man To Be"
EL VY, the collaboration between The National frontman Matt Berninger and Menomena's Brent Knopf, have followed up their breezy debut track Return To The Moon with I'm The Man To Be, a lolloping garage composition of treacle basslines and ramshackle drums. It's manicured sleaze with a groovy edge, resembling Franz Ferdinand's bourbon whiff more than Fat White Family in a dinner-jacket. There's a weird skit about room service in there too. EL VY's lyrics have proved to be pretty off-the-wall even by National standards, and here the chorus reaches peak-Berninger: "I'm peaceful 'cause my dick's in sunlight/Held up by kites." Not what you'd expect Berninger's velvet drawl, but it's more evidence that EL VY's debut album Return To The Moon (October 30th) will be 2015's delightful curveball. In a release from label 4AD, Berninger gives some background to the track: "There’s this great Schoolboy Q song ‘There He Go’ which samples Menomena’s ‘Wet and Rusting’. I thought it would be funny to re-sample the same sample and do it from the perspective of a pathetic self-aggrandizing rocker alone in a hotel room. Something I know a lot about. That’s how it started but then Brent took the sample out and we wrote an entirely new song."
The video is directed by Tom Berninger, Matt's brother and the man behind The National rock-doc Mistaken For Strangers.
Watch I'm The Man To Be below.