The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #40 - Paul Banks

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2012, there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2012 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of quite a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it enough. A big thank you to all of the artists who created the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Paul Banks

WHAT: Banks

WHEN: October 2012

WHERE: Matador

WHY: Yours truly is definitely guilty of a little crush on Mister Paul Banks. But my favorite Interpol-er is not only a fox, but a rather gifted musician type as well. A bit quirkier than Interpol records, Banks is eccentric and varied, though still retaining that slick sex appeal and multitudinous sonic layers that you'd expect from an Interpol side project. And o, that voice...

MY JAMS: "Over My Shoulder" "I'll Sue You" "No Mistakes"


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