After several years, numerous personal adventures and near-complete musical silence, eclectic Australian singer, musician, actor and writer Jimmy Sky presents Banji Mashide: six songs, many lives, one journey. Very loosely translated as ‘All Things Considered’, the lyrics are what life is all about – falling in love, getting married, breakups, relationship patchwork, laughter, sadness, depression, self destruction, existential death, personal redemption, rebirth, and starting anew. The record also serves as a tribute to Jimmy’s family, closest influences and loved ones.
This EP follows on from Something True, Jimmy’s tenth online-only, ‘digital-vinyl’ release from 2017, representing a significant departure from his previous lo-fi, arthouse home-basement recording style. By contrast, Banji Mashide is produced, mixed and engineered by ARIA award winner Govinda Doyle (Angus and Julia Stone, Lady of the Sunshine) who also performs on the record. Mastered by John Davis of Metropolis Studios (Nick Cave, The XX, Led Zeppelin) the record features guest vocals by Logan Dove, strings by Cye Wood, saxophone by Josh Appleby and trumpet by Tara Nielsen. Cover art by Jeremy Torman.
Although each song, the process of production, the record as a whole and the silence of decades between tracks possess their own complex stories, Jim has said of the record, “I hope listeners will resonate in their own way, with their own interpretation. More than anything, my wish is that Banji Mashide will bring joy to its audience.”
Banji Mashide was quietly released online in early November 2022 on BandCamp, but will make its way to streaming sources and hard copy in early 2023.
Jimmy will celebrate the long-awaited release of new material with a one-off, online acoustic performance.
A link to the online event can be found here:
More information about Jimmy Sky’s meandering musical and other artistic work can be found here: