This is a musical first for me, listening to the entirety of Paul Banks’ new album “Banks” via Youtube playlist. It’s unorthodox but at least there aren’t any annoying video ads before each track. Interpol has had a fairly long history on The Scene, so it’s interesting to see Banks out and about doing his own thing.
Opener “The Base” is undeniably more indie than most of Banks’ work with Interpol, and it shines. Parts of it wouldn’t seem out of place in a Wes Anderson movie. “Arise, Awake” is the aural equivalent of dusk: you aren’t sure whether you should be waking up, or going to sleep. Meanwhile, “Young Again” is definitely dawn, a rebirth feel throughout. “Lisbon”, a well-placed instrumental, has the scope of a journey, with an unknown destination. “I’ll Sue You” is more of what we expect: a darker kind of rock, cloudy lyrics delivered in a hopeless voice, and “Paid For That” is emotional, almost heartbreaking. “Another Chance” is a superb example of sampling, using the spoken word itself as a musical instrument. Not singing though… It’s difficult to accurately explain; its something you just have to experience.
The momentum Paul Banks gathered with Interpol has kept him moving creatively, and the result is a finely crafted release. Out now, “Banks” is sure to please fans and newcomers alike to his signature style.