This new side project EL VY from Matt Berninger, lead singer of the National and collaborator Brent Knopf (a.k.a. the multi-instrumentalist and producer from Portland, Ore is triple Jesus. I love this side project there is not a bad song on the album. For some reason a modern Leonard Cohen sound keeps coming to my mind, especially track six “No Time To Crank The Sun”, even though on “Sleeping Light” Berninger says “Ain’t no Leonard Cohen” On “Paul is Alive”, is a nostalgic coming-of-age tale about the Jockey Club, the long-defunct Cincinnati-area punk venue where many local and traveling hardcore punk bands performed. Most of the lyrics appear to be a gargling word soup, but when put to music everything seems to make sense. Like the opening lines (below) of “Return To The Moon”.
Scratched a ticket with a leg of a cricket
And I got triple Jesus.
Cashed it in for a siamese twin
At the family firing range.
Enjoy this soup it is very tasty. – David
- Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)
- I’m the Man to Be
- Paul Is Alive
- Need A Friend
- Silent Ivy Hotel
- No Time To Crank The Sun
- It’s A Game
- Sleepin’ Light (feat. Ural Thomas)
- Sad Case
- Happiness, Missouri