Discover & Download - EL VY

September 4, 2015

For years, Matt Berninger kept a secret folder on his laptop called "The Moon."

"When I got off stage with the National, or found myself alone in a hotel room somewhere, I'd open it up, along with the minibar, and get to work." The files in that folder were bits of music from Brent Knopf, the Portland musician and producer best known for his work in Menomena 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. "We kept throwing little seeds of future songs in there," explains Berninger. "It wasn't until November of last year that we really dug in to make it a record."

It's only fitting, then, that their debut album as EL VY is called Return to the Moon​.