“Banoffee started as a lifeboat, something to hop onto when the real world seemed too dangerous. As the project grew I realised I was no longer stepping onto a lifeboat. I had become the boat and the water. Every aspect of the world I created became an organ that served my machine. This release is the exploration of my new vehicle. I wanted to see through Banoffee, dance as it, smell as it. Humanness became irrelevant and melted into some sort of wonky life form. This record is the joining of two bodies; it’s the soundtrack to a process that began with ‘Ninja’ and is now this latest release. I created a world and it ate me. Sort of. Or I ate it. Working in new places forced me to try new techniques and approaches to writing- ripe came out of that. I wanted to make something that made my tongue itch like when I smell salt and vinegar chips, like grazed knees or sucking lemons. I’m testing my new machine and ‘Ripe’ is my first reaction.” –Banoffee
Following the release of 2015 EP Do I Make You Nervous?, Melbourne’s Banoffee has today returned with new single ‘Ripe‘ out now via Dot Dash / Remote Control Records.
Having produced her own brand of experimental electronica since 2013 in Melbourne, Banoffee felt a change was necessary and the West Coast of America beckoned. LA offered up a fresh creative start for her without preconceptions, a space filled with new collaborators, an opportunity to flex musclesBanoffee didn’t even know were there.
Originally, Banoffee’s sound was inspired by the sparse minimalism of Arthur Russell, melded with the straight- talking of Laurie Anderson and the sass of Destiny’s Child. Ever since the Soundcloud success of first single ‘Ninja‘, her audience have been fixated on this idea of Banoffee as a female producer, putting gender before talent, which curtailed her ability to progress in the areas that mattered. Being able to unpack production goals here has opened up her palette, moving away from this pressure to chase a particular genre or catch some trendy wave.
The other massive gear shift has been in psyche. Where previous EPs were written as tools to deal with anxiety, the new material is intended to be far less introspective. It’s the first batch of work that looks outside of self. The songs remain dark, but instead of wallowing in dread, they seek to inspire contentment.
‘Ripe‘, the first single to be released in almost two years, is a direct reflection of this newfound philosophy. Born in the LA studios of underground label 10K Islands, the track bounces around a manipulated vocal sample, a grating bassline scratch and infectious drops. It’s intended to conjure the abrasiveness of a situation Banoffee often found herself in – feeling exploited in the music industry. Intentionally grubby, it’s also a mirror of the project’s “dirty, crass personality.” Banoffee is interested in the future of a more hyper textualized vein of pop, one that pushes its listeners outside of their comfort zone. Banoffee is an attempt to show up the disgustingness of consumerism by making mainstream pop sound so sickly sweet that it becomes sour. With ‘Ripe‘, she challenges you to an acquired taste your gut might not be ready for yet. Suck it and see.
Banoffee ‘Ripe’ (Official Audio)
Stream / Purchase: https://banoffee.lnk.to/ripe
Banoffee – ‘Ripe’ is digitally out now via
Dot Dash / Remote Control Records