EL VY’s Matt Berninger (The National) and Brent Knopf (Ramona Falls) made good on their promise to deliver a video for every song on their debut album Return To The Moon today with the release of the clip for ‘Careless’. The video is directed by Tom Berninger (Matt’s brother, director of the award-winning Mistaken For Strangers film and creator of all but one of the prior EL VY videos).
Additionally, Matt and Brent (the latter via Skype) spoke with Tom about the process of creating the videos recently in front of a small group in LA. It didn’t go smoothly, and The Talkhouse has the oddball premiere of what Matt calls “the lowlights from that presentation.” You’ll find out the only casualty from the shoots and in whose head Tom would have had a dog sh*t if he could do it all over again.
You can now watch all ten EL VY videos here.
EL VY (rhymes with ‘hell pie’, like a plural of Elvis) and Return To The Moon is a project Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf have been thinking about for years. Their friendship spans nearly a decade, starting back when the National and Brent’s previous band Menomena played small half-empty clubs along America’s west coast. Feeling an immediate musical kinship, the pair kept in touch, Brent sending Matt occasional rough sketches of music and Matt responding with melodies and lyrics. Finally, in the winter and spring of 2014-15, they actually got together to make an album.
“Absorbing…timeless, reflective but with its feet firmly in the now.” - Loud And Quiet (9/10)
“The songs here simply simmer and sparkle.” - Rolling Stone
“Enthralling.” - NME ****
Q **** | The Independent on Sunday **** | Metro **** | DIY **** |