Musical Thesis: El Vy “Return to the Moon”
At the center of every album is a musical thesis. El Vy’s “Return to the Moon” is the what urban gentrification sounds like. Seriously, put this album on and walk around Seattle’s Capitol Hill or anywhere in Brooklyn. The music will play like a soundtrack to change. Close your eyes and you can visualize poorer people being pushed out while white kids from some random start-up takeover.
These 20-somethings prowl their new neighborhood looking for craft beers, artisanal food, and sex found via the glowing computer in their pocket. Luckily, this album can serve as a soundtrack for that too. Dripping with more sex than anything ever put out by The National. This album makes even the dorky kids feel desirable. I should know, I am one of them. Now, I just need to find a job at Amazon or Facebook’s Seattle based office.
Ultimately, this is a bold album. If you picked it up expecting The National, you were sorely disappointed. On the other hand, if you reached into the bin or downloaded this thing with an open mind, you probably found yourself falling in love with its quirkiness. Kind of like that girl from the Midwest, living in an up-and-coming neighborhood. You know there is something odd about her but you can’t avert your eyes. There is something different about “Return to the Moon” and my ears keep calling me back.
Be good to each other,