From the debut album 'Return to the Moon' by EL VY, released October 30, 2015 by 4AD.
EL VY is the musical collaboration between Matt Berninger, vocalist and lyricist of The National, and Brent Knopf, the Portland musician and producer best known for his work in Ramona Falls, and his previous band, Menomena.
Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf have put out an awful lot of music videos since the release of last year’s Return To The Moon, their debut LP as EL VY. We’ve seen visuals for “Return To The Moon,” “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,” “Sad Case,” and “Happiness, Missouri”. That’s videos for nine of the album’s 11 tracks (and curiously, barring the exception of the last three, all were released chronologically in the order of the album’s tracklisting).
So of course they wouldn’t stop now when they are so close to having their own visual album á la Beyoncé, and today we get the penultimate puzzle piece with the video for “Sleepin’ Light.” The clip itself is sort of a making-of a music video, as directed by on-screen director Tom Berninger (Matt’s brother, of Mistaken For Strangers fame). That means alongside an image of action figures posing as the band, we get the behind-the-scenes of Berninger and Knopf recreating said action figures in real life. But that’s only one series of scenes amongst a whole montage of green-screen antics, green-suit shenanigans, and body paint. -- Stereogum
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