Effortless and calm, the Melbourne electronic scene has been simmering lately at it’s very core. In an environment which has allowed bedroom producers to make their way outside and beyond, the usual confines of small chaotic studios have become more than a protective space against the rest; transforming into a domain between unfamiliar territory and the national stage.
Of all of these newly appearing electronic acts in the corners of Melbourne, LANKS has perhaps the biggest push at the moment, supporting the critically acclaimed The Antlers during their Melbourne visit and taking the title of Triple J’s featured artist only last week. With his current backlog consisting of two singles and an EP released earlier last year, the excitement around the young producer is on the rise. However, at the end of the day one can only go so far with only a live presence to their name, and so we have this newest release welcome the five track Banquet EP.
‘Hold Me Closer’ serves as an introduction to both the EP and to quite a large amount of people as an introduction to LANKS himself. The eerie and cold atmosphere that characterises most of LANKS’ compositions quickly makes an appearance, the faintly thudding drumbeat and falsetto taking place before it sets its tendrils in. The warm guitar juxtaposes this backdrop; all the while taking the centre stage of the track as Will Cuming moans “hold me in the dead of night”. Despite being a relatively gentle sounding track in the world of pop music, the song is a strong opener, presenting just what has pushed LANKS to being a favourite in the local scene.
The production throughout the EP is crisp and frankly gorgeous with every sound ringing out cool and polished. The faint driving intro of ‘Beach House’ demonstrates this more than well enough, the faint driving bass line bubbling just beneath the surface of the track at all times as keys and low voices are layered over the tops. Though there is one issue that makes itself apparent with Banquet and that is that while there is no doubt that LANKS good at crafting and composing songs, the textures he creates don’t really feel inimitable. Rather, you can imagine them being slotted into a Pandora playlist under the tag “sounds like Chet Faker” without mentioning the name of the actual artist.
All in all, Banquet shows promise of things to come. LANKS is a young composer right now, and even without the experience he is more than capable of crafting songs that stand up with some of the biggest in the genre. Although he seems to be having troubles finding his own distinctive voice in the worldwide pool of electronic music, Banquet shows promise in LANKS’ ability and his chances of one day commanding the whole room.