You may know Julian Plenti better as Paul Banks, Interpol singer, a fact he appears to want to obscure, but which becomes crashingly apparent the moment he opens his mouth on the first track. The wholly fabricated back story suggests that this is Plenti’s debut album, born of a particular piece of bedroom production software, but in reality ‘Is Skyscraper’ is an Interpol album performed without the other members, with a slightly crumbier rhythm section and a generally more haphazard results. On the whole, it’s better than Interpol’s last, and worst, LP, and benefits from an intimacy that Banks probably isn’t able to achieve with the rest of his band around him. But these tracks feel more like ideas than songs, and there’s not enough intensity or interest here to excuse the utter joylessness of the project.

By Sam Walton

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