Release Date: Feb 21, 2020
Record label: Cascine
Genre(s): Pop, Pop/Rock
The debut full-length by Australia-born Banoffee presents a powerful tale of survival. Predominately written following a move from Melbourne to LA, 'Look At Us Now Dad' is filled with conversational anecdotes of hard-fought affirmation. The remarkably frank lyrics tie together the comparable frivolity of opener 'Tennis Fan', and 'One Night Stand' with the sheer intensity of standout 'Permission' and the celebratory catharsis of the album's title track.
For this is an album of survival. Inspired by her own past, and that of her family (especially her father), Banoffee weaves a frank story of forging a new identity amongst pain. Its title alone builds a picture of storm clouds clearing and brighter futures ahead. And while many of the songs are autobiographical, each one is created to feel universal.
Before she played synths for Charli XCX on Taylor Swift's 2018 Reputation tour, Martha Brown was failing to get by in Los Angeles as a musician transplanted from Melbourne. Her career-aiding spot in Charli's band saved her from moving home, and she used what she earned from the tour to finance her debut LP, Look At Us Now Dad. Although the title might evoke the image of a daughter beaming with pride at having made it, Brown, who performs as Banoffee, actually uses parts of her debut to examine deeper concepts, like intergenerational trauma and the painful path to self-understanding.