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- Julian Plenti Is... Skyscraper by Julian Plenti
8/10 Brian Staff review, 30 July 2009In the absence of new Interpol material, it's nice of Paul Banks, the singer guy, to offer up his debut solo outing. He's got a mild conceptual thing going off with it, his nom de plume for this project is the cringeworthy 'Julian Plenti is....Skyscraper' which just strikes me as some not-very-funny private joke. That's not even a good porn name is it? Mine is Perkins McCarthy, shits on Julian Plenti eh? Bitching aside, this is absolutely great, very occasionally sounding a bit like Interpol but without the suffocating density & foreboding, more electronic flourishes and strange shit going off. 'Fun That We Have' is totally bizarre, i'm sure it keeps fluctuating slightly in tempo, sounds like it's gonna collapse in on itself at times, love the electronic burbles & everything about it. He's got a great, distinctive voice has this man and his familiar delivery is bound to keep the fans happy. The title track's bare bones are dressed in a stunning neo-folk style before it builds into a deep, powerful crescendo. 'Games For Days' is quite reminiscent of Der 'Pol with a chunky drum machine stand in and with that tender NY vocal shifting from emotive & conversational to stentorian bellow, you're in for a treat. I expected the most satisfying tracks to be when he rocks out a bit but for each one of those, there's some beautiful atmospheric tune like 'Madrid Song' with melancholy piano, dialogue samples & some gorgeous strings, or 'On the Esplanade''s tender folk beauty. So in a nutshell, this is much more eclectic than his main band's usual forte, but just as satisfying! You get the feeling Interpol could be led in many alternating directions after this collection, as their powerful signature sound is always in danger of becoming slightly staid. Really quite impressive, on Matador. CD/LP
8/10 Renars Customer review,
surprisingly good and varied! sh*ts all over the last Interpol! some nice Canadian indie scene influences there as well!
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