El Vy "I'm the Man to Be"
Published Sep 03, 2015Matt Berninger recently revealed that the National have begun work on their next record, but before anything comes of that, he's shared a new song from his El Vy project. The two-man group also features Menomena's Brent Knopf and they'll be releasing a debut record titled Return to the Moon next month.
They've unveiled album cut "I'm the Man to Be," and it's a groove-heavy jam. A thumping bass line, occasional blasts of guitar and lackadaisically crooned oneliners like "Erin Brockovich is not my wife" and "I'm not afraid to die, I just don't want it to hurt." There's also a slew of f-bombs thrown in for good measure.
"This record is more autobiographical than anything else I've written, but the details aren't true," Berninger previously said. "It's written in the voices of a few invented characters, composites of different people—myself, my wife, and other people I was thinking about."
As for the inspiration behind this particular song, Berninger explained via a press release: "There's this great Schoolboy Q song 'There He Go' which samples Menomena's 'Wet and Rusting.' I thought it would be funny to re-sample the same sample and do it from the perspective of a pathetic self-aggrandizing rocker alone in a hotel room. Something I know a lot about. That's how it started but then Brent took the sample out and we wrote an entirely new song."
You can listen to the funked-out psychedelic tune in the player below.
Return to the Moon is due out on October 30 via 4AD.