EL VY is, of course, the side-project duo of the National frontman Matt Berninger and Menomena multi-instrumentalist Brent Knopf. Later this month, they’ll release Return To The Moon, their first album together, and we’ve posted the title track and “I’m The Man To Be.” And in related news: Taylor Swift apparently loves “Return To The Moon”; last night, she posted a Twitter playlist naming it one of the songs that “will make your life more awesome.” Momentum! This morning, the duo shared the lyric video for “Paul Is Alive,” a third song. Berninger’s brother Tom, who made the National documentary Mistaken For Strangers, directed the lyric video, and it’s not just letters on a screen. Instead, it shows the duo performing, hanging out at backyard parties, playing with big “EL VY” balloons, and swimming in the ocean. As for the song, it throws Berninger’s weathered, familiar baritone over playfully arranged pianos and electronic bloops. As with the other EL VY songs, it’s fun to hear him in a different context. Check it out below.
Return To The Moon is out 10/30 on 4AD.