New Flavour in Your Ear: Banks

by Barbara

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It has been a good year for the ladies of the electronic pop/r&b music scene. Bands such as Chvrches, AlunaGeorge and Mø have filled the airwaves with strong female vocals and gained widespread recognition. And this particular lady is no exception, only she does it with a certain something extra. Her name is Banks. And so far she has been pretty awesome.

Since her first EP she has been hyped by all the hip music channels, had shout outs from Jessie Ware and The Weeknd and been compared too Fiona Apple. So when it came down to listening to her second and newly released EP, it was hard not to have high expectations for the young songstress. Luckily, Banks is sexy, smart and just might have the potential to become more than your run-of-the-mill, electro pop/r&b queen.

She is from LA and came out with her first EP ‘Fall Over’ earlier this year. Since then she has released two singles during the past six months called ‘Warm Water’ and ‘Waiting Game’. And last week her second EP ‘London’ was released through Harvest Records. Here she has teamed up with the producers Sohn, Tim Anderson, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Lil Silva and Jamie Woon and that has resulted in a smooth, seductive and deliciously on-point collection of songs. Which fits perfectly with her current occupation as warm up act for The Weeknd, on their fall tour.

Besides the basic facts about her music career, (and oddly enough her phone number, which she gives away on Facebook) there is very little personal information to find about her. No full name or personal Instragram photos. And after having watched numerous interviews, where she always comes of as chic, intelligent and very particular about her style and presence as a musician, it makes you wonder if it is this particular dedication and secrecy, that somehow translates into her music, and separates her from the rest of the rapidly rising music herd.

Despite the fact that some of her lyrics can be a little simple, she is convincing and confident beyond her years, and I am personally very intrigued to see where she will go.

Check out her stuff here (https://soundcloud.com/banksbanksbanks), on Spotify, iTunes etc.