P.T. Banks: “Resurrection”

When our own Laurie Gallardo calls a voice “swoon-worthy,” you take notice. She gives the adjective to Austin’s Paul Banks, who originally sang rootsy, country-adjacent songs as Paul Banks & the Carousels. Now he’s remade as P.T. Banks, and the sound has been reconfigured too. On his new album, Moonlight Is Sunlight, Banks and his band–featuring several members from the Carousels days–tap into a pop sound that’s rhythmically dense and soaring at the same time. Banks’ voice has the range of Rufus Wainwright or the Shins’ James Mercer, and he puts it to good effect on songs like “Resurrection.” The track bounces with bright abandon, just before a pedal steel guitar (and a nice Neil Young quote) tips a hat back towards Banks’ roots. Download “Resurrection” below, and catch P.T. Banks’ album release show at Stubb’s indoors on Saturday, February 6.

–Art Levy

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