Even if the voice of Interpol’s Paul Banks weren’t the most easily recognisable in indiedom, not much effort has gone into disguising the identity of Julian Plenti. After the disappointment of Our Love to Admire, the best tracks here let you hope for a return-to-form…or even a cure for the frustration of music by committee...»
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julian plenti aka paul banks from interpol began composing music in 1996 in new york city. he first played solo acoustic shows in and around manhattan, at venues like tobacco road, pete's candy store, the knitting factory, the living room, and the sidewalk cafe's wednesday night anti-hoot with latch. in 2001, he stopped performing, though he continued writing and doing occasional engineering work, he essentially went on interpol sabbatical until 2006 when he acquired logic pro, which allowed him to compose for multiple instruments and to create beats. the first step was to resurrect early acoustic work such as 'girl on the sporting news', 'on the esplanade', 'fly as you might' and 'fun that we have' and to refurbish them with beats and string arrangements. the resulting recordings bred newer enthusiasms and were the catalyst for this record. 'skyscraper' was born. in the fall of 2008, plenti went to the seaside lounge studio in brooklyn to work with studio co-owner and engineer - and college classmate - charles burst (former drummer of the occasion and now a solo artist). burst engineered much of the record and plays drums on a number of tracks. session musicians were hired to perform the arrangements for strings and horns, and plenti called on friends like mike stroud of ratatat, sam fogarino of interpol and striker manley of stiff jesus to contribute to tracks on the album.
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