Upcoming artist: BANKS
In amongst the steady flow of music by great new female artists, Jilian Banks, better known by her stage name BANKS, has released her new single “Brains” that is to be on her upcoming album that is due out later this year. The new single has already had over 442,000 listens on sound cloud and 74,000 views on youtube in just under a week of its’ release.
BANKS is on the upstream right now and for good reason, too. The 25 year-old singer has released three singles in the last year: “Waiting Game”, “Before I Ever Met You” and “Warm Water” all of which were met with great enthusiasm by her quickly growing fan base.
The L.A born songstress began writing music when she was 15. She was going through tough times when a friend had given her a keyboard as a gift. That’s when she started channeling her emotions, using music as an outlet for her family issues. Since then, she has taken a firm grip on her creativity and nurtured it - ten years later, it came into fruition.
Her voice is strong and mature, like Lana Del Ray but with a slightly smokier texture. Her singing conveys not weakness but a kind of honest vulnerability that can’t help but grab your attention and keep a hold on it. Her lyrics have a wise simplicity that goes well with the minimalistic electronic-R&B music. Kind of like a combination of Rhye and Purity Ring - with a little more of a somber feel to the songs.
She is kind of a unique character in this day and age. These days, a lot of artists around her age take the liberty of managing their own social media. With Banks, she openly admits to her Facebook and twitter page being run by her managers. She instead gave out her real phone number to connect with her fans. Her followers have since been contacting her through texts which she replies to personally.
BANKS was placed #3 on BBC's Sound of 2014, she is on Shazam’s 2014 “Acts To Watch” and is also under Spotify’s spotlight for 2014. She is also playing live at Coachella and Governer’s Ball this year.
I’m getting a strange feeling that quite soon, she’ll be regretting her decision to publicise her personal number…
The new single “Brains” can be heard below. Check it out.
By Sion Anthony