Banks - MATADOR
FILTER Grade: 81%
By Mike Hilleary on October 31, 2012
After assuming “Julian Plenti” in 2009, here Interpol frontman Paul Banks packages his second solo album as himself. Make what you will about what it means in terms of being more personal and/or introspective, the songs belong to Banks alone. While efforts in manipulating snipped field recordings and select instrumentals don’t reach the same bar as the rest of the artist’s signature dissonanced, dark pop (particularly with the excellent opener “The Base”), Banks’ phantasms manage a construct a decent corporeal form.