There have been a lot of comebacks lately for groups that I follow, enjoy, but have not completely bonded with. I have experienced no disappointments, no turn-offs, and nothing entirely unexpected in a bad or good way. I know even my closest gal pals would disagree about an album or two…having completely fallen in love with several tracks on several releases, and it makes me so, so happy to see the first bloom of adoration on their metaphorical cheeks. The songs are beautiful, interesting, evoke emotion, and are worth putting on repeat…they just are MY songs.
But one comeback, the first EP by a solo artist, worked its way into my soul the moment I hit play the very first time. The entire thing is like the north to my south. I cannot get enough of the entire thing from the intro through the final remix. The aptly named EP, Bank Robber, is by Villain of Planetarium Records. I’ve talked about him on the site before as I am completely obsessed with the roster of artists at that particular company, but Villain has always been a standout for me. He’s got these R&B and LA influences on his sound that blends into something distinctly him. His stage name, Villian, actually comes from his dad. When he was naughty as a kiddo, his pops called him a villain and the nickname stuck. As he grew, he hated how stories always focused on the hero and it made him a little sad, so he clung to the name and is trying to make his mark at the hero/villain.
I love it.
The title track from the EP, Manitto, is a beautifully layered track with strings, gunshots, singing, rapping, and an infectious beat that sticks with you. The MV feels like a movie, or more accurately, like the scenes of the bad guy that ended up on the cutting room floor in the editor’s room. It’s abandoned buildings, broken glass, and ski masks. The only thing it’s missing, in my opinion, is more focus on Villain’s face. His haircut, styling, and moves are fantastic, but we don’t get a lot of his gorgeous face and that makes me sad.
The follow-up MV from the album for the song A Piece of Work, however, is his face the entire time so I can’t really complain. It’s a ballad with him literally sitting at a bar and then in a recliner singing to us. It’s beautiful. Like really beautiful and full of longing and sadness. I feel it in my elbows.
A Piece of Work, Villain