12 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

So the Interpol frontman takes time off from his main band to record a solo album that mostly sounds like an adventurous Interpol album. Julian Plenti (a.k.a. Paul Banks) uses his Ian Curtis-Joy Division-inspired vocal delivery to bring about the same core of eerie isolation. His voice is more expansive, but that’s what years of singing to a carefully contrived aesthetic will do. Banks loosens up vocally, but musically he’s every bit as high tech as the next technologically advanced studio hound. The acoustic guitars that begin “Skyscraper” are not to be left alone and as the tense, hypnotizing riff builds to a crescendo, the keyboards add menace, and the spoken words barely leak out amongst the powerful walls of sound. “Games for Days” is more to the point, an insistent guitar-based new-wave pop tune updated for the new millennium. “Madrid Song” uses found sounds, messy keyboard lines and loose melodies for a feeling that the end of the night is upon us.

EDITORS’ NOTES

So the Interpol frontman takes time off from his main band to record a solo album that mostly sounds like an adventurous Interpol album. Julian Plenti (a.k.a. Paul Banks) uses his Ian Curtis-Joy Division-inspired vocal delivery to bring about the same core of eerie isolation. His voice is more expansive, but that’s what years of singing to a carefully contrived aesthetic will do. Banks loosens up vocally, but musically he’s every bit as high tech as the next technologically advanced studio hound. The acoustic guitars that begin “Skyscraper” are not to be left alone and as the tense, hypnotizing riff builds to a crescendo, the keyboards add menace, and the spoken words barely leak out amongst the powerful walls of sound. “Games for Days” is more to the point, an insistent guitar-based new-wave pop tune updated for the new millennium. “Madrid Song” uses found sounds, messy keyboard lines and loose melodies for a feeling that the end of the night is upon us.

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3:18
2:52
3:40
3:57
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3:49

About Julian Plenti

The alter ego of Interpol's Paul Banks, Julian Plenti's musical career is actually slightly longer than that of Banks' other project: Banks conceived of Plenti in 1996 and began performing as an acoustic solo artist in 1998, playing venues including the Knitting Factory and Tobacco Road. He continued writing and performing as Plenti while Interpol's fame grew, but Plenti took a sabbatical around 2003. In 2006, Banks revived the Plenti work when he began experimenting with the recording software Logic Pro and demoed new and old songs. In 2008, Banks recorded final versions of the Plenti songs with string and brass sections, as well as friends like Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino, Ratatat's Mike Stroud, Stiff Jesus' Striker Manley, and the Occasion's Charles Burst. The results, Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper, arrived in summer 2009. ~ Heather Phares

  • ORIGIN
    Clacton-on-Sea, England
  • GENRE
    Alternative
  • BORN
    May 3, 1978

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