5 Songs, 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The leader of Interpol, one of the most successful indie rock bands of the '00s, brings his dark, dreary, doom-tinged vocal style to newish places on this five-song teaser EP. The songs here are more stripped down and definitely less strident than Interpol's; they feature more acoustic guitar work and orchestral backings. Yet Interpol fans will be pleased to hear their hero emote emphatically about sleeping “like a peach on the beach” because “summertime is calling.” It’s a slight number, in the best sense. There are two original Banks songs, plus a strange selection of covers: a song by the guy who wrote the Beverly Hills Cop theme, J Dilla’s “Mythsizer,” and Frank Sinatra’s “I’m a Fool to Want You.” A natural for crooners, the Sinatra cover is the winner. Banks tackles it straight ahead, with just voice and strings and a slightly electronic backing. Add it to the top of your next lover’s jam mixtape now.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The leader of Interpol, one of the most successful indie rock bands of the '00s, brings his dark, dreary, doom-tinged vocal style to newish places on this five-song teaser EP. The songs here are more stripped down and definitely less strident than Interpol's; they feature more acoustic guitar work and orchestral backings. Yet Interpol fans will be pleased to hear their hero emote emphatically about sleeping “like a peach on the beach” because “summertime is calling.” It’s a slight number, in the best sense. There are two original Banks songs, plus a strange selection of covers: a song by the guy who wrote the Beverly Hills Cop theme, J Dilla’s “Mythsizer,” and Frank Sinatra’s “I’m a Fool to Want You.” A natural for crooners, the Sinatra cover is the winner. Banks tackles it straight ahead, with just voice and strings and a slightly electronic backing. Add it to the top of your next lover’s jam mixtape now.

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