Nineteen-year-old singer/songwriter Banjo Lucia from Fremantle has today released her debut EP, Peccadilloes. This is a fine collection of five tracks, including her debut track “That’s Not Loving” and recent single “Lion Boy”.
Banjo shows wisdom and a turn of phrase that belies her age. With a touching warmth and a reach for the familiarity, her songs readily resonate with the listener.
About the songs on the EP, Banjo writes: “Peccadilloes is a collection of songs that detail various intimate facets of my own experience with grief, love and growth.”. This is an EP that is sure to find affection amongst fans of Julia Jacklin and Stella Donnelly.
Banjo has been busy touring of late. Speaking of Stella Donnelly, she has been supporting her on her tour recently. She will also be supporting San Cisco on the Victorian leg of their national tour. She also has some solo shows in July in WA. The dates are below.
To celebrate the release of Peccadilloes, Banjo has put together a playlist of ten songs that will make you feel like in you’re in a movie. So firstly, give her EP a spin, then get stuck into the playlist. Who doesn’t love some Sam Cook and Tracey Chapman, just for starters.
Banjo Lucia shares ten songs that make you feel like you’re in a movie
“Right Down The Line” – Gerry Rafferty
I’ve been dancing around my room to this song since I was about 13 years old. This song is perfect for doing just that and singing into a hairbrush or a wooden spoon for the full movie-like, main character experience.
“Spirit in the Sky” – Norman Greenbaum
Spirit in the Sky is used in countless movies because it’s a bloody great montage song, I would recommend fit or use in the car or by the beach for maximised montage effect.
“Unsquare Dance” – Dave Brubeck Quartet
Dave Brubeck’s music always makes me feel like I’m off to do something very important, especially this song. Great for a brisk walk down the street.
“Bring it on Home To Me” – Sam Cook
I grew up with a lot of soul music playing around the house and this song is very close to my heart. I would recommend pairing this song with dancing around the kitchen and letting your dinner burn.
“Picture Frame” – Hector Mortlet
Hector Mortlet is an absolutely incredible Walyalup (Fremantle) based artist and this masterpiece of a song has become one of my top choices for instant movie simulation. Suits a leisurely walk or watching the world go by on public transport.
“Flume” – Bon Iver
Bon Iver breaks my heart, especially this album. The beautifully abstract lyricism of this song and Bon Iver’s eerie, swelling sound is too emotive not to be featured on this list. Flume best suits driving in the car on a summer night with the windows down, if you wanna be dramatic you could even blast it at full volume and lean your torso out of the window.
“Give Me One Reason” – Tracey Chapman
Nothing excites me like hearing the start of this song come on. Give Me One Reason is perfect for any coming of age moment.
“Grace” – Jeff Buckley
Jeff Buckley and this album profoundly influenced me. Jeff Buckley’s emotion always leads me to become completely lost in his songs, making them perfect candidates for this playlist. Grace is the ultimate sunset drive song, windows down and road safe headbanging is compulsory.
“Watermelon Man” – Herbie Hancock
I first heard this song in the movie mid90s when the protagonist and his group of friends walk into a party in slow motion and its absolutely perfect. Despite its quirkiness, it actually works for a wide range of situations but I would recommend it for the start of something new or a cheeky backyard hang.
“Albatross” – Fleetwood Mac
If I could be hugged by a song, it would be this one. Albatross is perfect for calm contemplation, long drives and laying on the carpet.
Banjo Lucia – Tour Dates
Fri June 10 – Torquay Hotel, Torquay VIC *
Sat June 11 – Westernport Hotel, San Remo VIC *
Sun June 12 – Forum, Melbourne VIC *
Thur July 7 – The River, Margaret River WA
Sun July 10 – Mojos Bar, Fremantle WA
* Supporting San Cisco
Header image credit: Dave LeMay