June 1st, 2013, 11:14 AM
June 5th, 2013, 10:13 PM
June 21st, 2013, 11:00 PM
BANKS - In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel Cover)
July 19th, 2013, 10:00 PM
BANKS - Warm Water (Snakehips Remix)
July 29th, 2013, 12:52 PM
BANKS - Before I Ever Met You
September 13th, 2013, 09:03 PM
BANKS - WAITING GAME
Banks has just released her debut EP London on September 10. "Waiting Game", the first of the EP's four tracks offered up, is a sullen and starkly pretty introduction to Banks' fragile, alluring vocals. "I'm thinking it over/ The way you make me feel all sexy, but it's causing me shame," she sings-- a sentiment that, of course, recalls her brooding tourmate. Vienna-by-way-of-London producer Sohn mixes things up by dropping in some blown-out, digitized throbs, which effectively reinforces the track's sunken loneliness.
September 27th, 2013, 10:12 PM
BANKS - "This is What it Feels Like"
January 13th, 2014, 06:14 PM
BANKS | "Change" - A64 [S7.EP48]: SBTV
January 26th, 2014, 12:31 PM
BBC Sound of 2014: Banks
Sultry R&B singer Banks has come third in the BBC's Sound of 2014 list, which showcases emerging artists for the coming 12 months.
Fusing dark, introspective lyrics with seductive electronic grooves, the 25-year-old has collaborated with underground British producers such as Jamie Woon, Lil Silva and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs.
But she hails from LA where, as a broken-hearted teen, she started writing songs on a toy piano she'd been given as a gift.
"I found music because I felt different," she tells the BBC.
"A lot of times, people are ashamed of feeling weak and being rejected - so it's liberating to be able to sing about those things. And it's amazing when other people don't feel alone because they hear it."
Having issued some low-key EPs (Fall Over and the London EP) last year, the singer recently toured with R&B soulmate The Weeknd and is preparing to release her debut album.
March 1st, 2014, 12:05 AM
Q&A: BANKS On Her Burgeoning Success, Debut Album, And Giving Her Phone Number Out To The Entire World
We recently showcased “Brain” — the latest bit of slinky darkroom pop from BANKS, an LA-based singer and songwriter (real name Jillian Banks) who has spent the better part of the past year teasing out excellently moody R&B-infused singles. Even though she has yet to release a proper album, BANKS let loose with a fair amount of music in 2013 — an excellent EP, London, and a string of potent singles (including “Waiting Game,” which figured prominently in a Victoria’s Secret ad campaign) — as well as snagging an opening spot on the Weeknd’s fall 2013 tour. Having already been nominated for all sorts of emerging artist awards from the likes of MTV and the BBC, it seems like kind of a no-brainer that 2014 will be the year that BANKS breaks big. Given the fact that she already seems to have her aesthetic on lock — downcast, slow-burn synth jams that show off her excellent voice accompanied by hyper-chic black and white videos in which she appears as a kind of noir super vixen — now BANKS just has to put the finishing touches on her full-length debut and prepare to take the world by storm. I called her up at home in LA to chat, which is apparently something lots of people have been doing since she still has her personal phone number listed on her Facebook page.
STEREOGUM: I’m assuming this coming year is going to be a very busy one for you. I was curious about how you got started initially. I knew of you just from songs that were floating around on the internet. Is that sort of how things began for you? Just putting things out into the world on your own?
BANKS: I got into writing music when I was like 14 or 15. It was a very private thing for me because I used it as an outlet and emotional release. I kept it very close to myself and didn’t tell too many people about it. Probably in the last year and a half, when I met my manager, he started to put stuff out there. It was crazy because it kind of all started because we put my song called “Before I Ever Met You” on a private SoundCloud link and it was sent to somebody in the UK. I don’t know exactly the connection that made it all happen, but somehow Zane Lowe heard it and he ripped it from the private link and played it on his radio show as the next hype record, which was just insane because we hadn’t really done anything yet … there was no picture of me, no nothing. It all felt very natural, it all just started unfolding. It’s just been amazing.
STEREOGUM: That was early 2013?
BANKS: Yeah, around then.
STEREOGUM: You’ve managed to do quite a bit in just one year.
BANKS: Oh yeah, it’s been the most incredible year in the world. It’s been crazy.