Listen to EL VY's "Return to the Moon"

Members of alt-rock legends The National aren’t strangers to branching out into individual projects and collaborations, and every time it’s made their collective efforts stronger; now comes the turn of frontman Matt Berninger. Together with his long-time friend Brent Knopf, of Ramona Falls and formerly Menomena, comes EL VY (rhymes with ‘Hell Pie’ and is a plural for Elvis, apparently.) The rich and brooding tone of The National is exchanged for something breezier, and sounds like the most fun Berninger’s ever had. The first single from their forthcoming album is called Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo), which aside from being a mouthful is akin to a jaunty dad-dance on a summer’s evening, skittering around lightly with choppy guitars and precision drumming in the final third that takes notes from The National's own powerhouse Bryan Devendorf. Writing takes the nonsensical backroads that Berninger’s rarely ventured down: “Scratched a ticket with the leg of a cricket/And I got triple Jesus”, though it’s dotted with wistful references to his hometown Cincinnati to anchor down the helium atmosphere. The track rounds out abruptly with a lovely -if melancholic- high note that it never seemed possible Berninger’s smooth baritone could reach.

EL VY are touring North America and Europe this winter, with a handful of UK dates including London's Electric Ballroom, and their debut album Return To The Moon is out  30th of October on 4AD.

Listen to Return To The Moon below.