EL VY Proves to Be More Than Just a Side Project, with Debut Release, “Return to the Moon”

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The much buzzed about EL VY creates an inspiring album, Return to the Moon, out now via 4AD. Consisting mainly of Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Ramona Falls/Menomena, what the duo creates is something honest, heartfelt, and truly unique.

Like when all high profiled musicians break off from their main band, there seems to be a bit of a back and forth skeptical reaction that travels throughout the internet. I believe it was in Pitchfork that I had read a blurb stating that Berninger and Knopf were “incompatible” as musicians. To be honest, yes, they kind of are incompatible as musicians; but on the bright side, that is exactly what makes this combination work well.

The first two singles shined light on the blending of two parties; first with “Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)” and the follow up “I’m the Man to Be.” The first singles were definitely a departure from Berninger’s deep and heavy sounds of The National, but it allowed us to see a more upbeat version of what he has to offer. Knopf on the other hand, brings a stunning element of instrumentation to the table that sometimes provides a lively vibe, and other times, a haunting and unusual sound. The mixture of these elements seem to work completely, as they weave throughout each track of the record.

The biggest misconception that a listener can have going into this, is that it’s going to sound like a “National” record. It’s not. Then Berninger would just be working on National songs right now (Right? Right.). What would be the point? The voice is there, but the content isn’t always as heavy. You’re going to dance, you’re still going to get depressed as hell, and you are going to love every moment of it.

Releasing a series of lyric videos directed by the multi-talented Tom Berninger, it provides multiple songs with an intimate look to capture your attention even more. Tracks such as “Happiness Missouri” bring a haunting, yet determined sound into play, while harmonies fill the album in pieces such as “Silent Ivy Hotel,” or the chilling musicianship of “Paul is Alive.” Songs such as “No Time to Crank the Sun,” offers up Matt’s signature delicate crooning, as “Need a Friend,” shares a more vibrant sound, that brings Knopf’s intricate brand of musicianship to the table. Together they create a truly special musical experience within Return to the Moon.

Each piece on the record is strong enough to stand on their own, which is perhaps why the group decided to release a track one at a time leading into the record. Return to the Moon is perhaps the finest record of 2015; mark my word.

EL VY is currently on tour, recently kicking off their Eastern U.S. dates, with two stops in New York. Friday at Bowery Ballroom, and Saturday at Music Hall of Williamsburg. See you there kids.

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Bring “Downtown” to Life; and Get Eric Nally Out of Hiding

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As many know I’m not a fan of Pop-esque music. It has to strike me pretty hard to attract my attention in any shape or form; and rarely does it ever. I know I am about 10,000 years late to the party that is Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t 110% intrigued by their latest single, “Downtown.” It’s good; I mean really good.

Not only does it feature some of rap’s greatest MCs, but to boot it brought back to life Eric Nally of Foxy Shazam fame (who I had interviewed years ago for Greenshoelace.com ), which up until recently, I could never understand how they never really caught on. They were successful in indie circles, but even then, they never fully received the attention they deserved. Also I kind of love the fact that most people think Eric is in costume, but really, no, that’s his usual attire (for live shows at least). Remember when he used to eat cigarettes on stage? Yes, that.

Getting back to my main point, I love the fact that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are being successful on their own terms, and keeping completely true to themselves. It really brings in another level of artist intimacy because there isn’t that label middleman. Everything that they put out is them, whether you like it or not. “Downtown,” is the perfect example of an artist unleashing their heart and soul into the music. Musically and marketing wise it’s genius; and to be honest, one hell of a song.

 

RESH: Brings Video for “BOYS CRY MORE” to Life

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RESH is breaking boundaries with his unique and eclectic brand of Pop music. Recently releasing his album debut, Babies Out, currently he is sharing the latest video for “Boys Cry More.” The theatrical video is the first look into the world of RESH, and right from the start you will find yourself in for a ride.

WATCH “BOYS CRY MORE”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ARll3CAnvs

RESH came alone. I was trying to find a name I was connected to. I just didn’t want to use my real name for my music. I wanted something more impactful. Something I felt connected to. It came in a dream. I woke up on a day knowing I wanted to be named RESH. I always liked the idea of me being theone deciding what my name was going to be. It’s empowering,” states RESH.

His new single, “Boys Cry More,” picks up a vibrant energy and really lets listeners into the mind of RESH. His eccentric pop vocals are intertwined with incredible pop sensibility that will have you eager for more. The video for “Boys Cry More,” is skillfully crafted with intricate choreography from an array of dancers, and a whole lot of musical attitude.

Sit Kitty Sit Share Overit Session

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SIT KITTY SIT has just unleashed their latest endeavor, a phenomenal set of videos which they have filmed at Overit Studios. Highlighting two tracks from the brilliant session, “Superbia,” and “Life #6,” the duo breathes new life into the pieces as they give a raw and energetic performance, which will entice your very ears. The exclusive live session offers the perfect glimpse of the group’s
high-energy performance. They will leave you in awe of their intricate playing, as they bring the stage right into your living room.

San Francisco’s SIT KITTY SIT is Kat Downs and Mike Thompson. The duo, who create an undeniable pop/proggy piano and drum sound, has been described as Dresden Dolls mixed with King Crimson, & Fiona Apple. Known for consistently thrilling audiences with their energetically intense live performances, the group produces addictive rock n’ roll – with only two people, and not one guitar in sight.

SIT KITTY SIT ‘s latest album, Everlasting Fire is based entirely on “Dante’s Inferno.” The storyline album showcases the extensive versatility of Downs and Thompson as a team.  Spanning seven genres and boasting 15 guest artists, the release shows us an entirely new side of the band while maintaining their identity.

SIT KITTY SIT are currently on tour in Europe. Check http://www.sitkittysit.com for dates.

WATCH  SIT KITTY SIT’S OVERIT SESSIONS FEATURING  “SUPERBIA” AND  “LIFE #6,” here: 

https://overitmedia.wistia.com/medias/tvctwibtzw