BANKS - FALL OVER
BANKS - In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel Cover)
BANKS - Warm Water (Snakehips Remix)
BANKS - Before I Ever Met You
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.
BANKS - "This is What it Feels Like"
BANKS | "Change" - A64 [S7.EP48]: SBTV
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.
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.
BANKS - Goddess
BANKS Tour Dates:
05/24 – Vancouver, BC @ TBA
05/25 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
05/26 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
05/28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
06/04 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
06/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts at the Wolf Building
06/08 – New York, NY @ Governor’s Ball Music Festival
06/10 – Toronto, ON @ The Hoxton
06/12 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
07/18 – Dublin, IE @ Longitude Festival
BANKS - Drowning
Q. and A. | Banks on Tapping Into Her Inner Goddess
Early press on Jillian Banks, the 25-year-old songstress who goes simply by Banks, focused largely on how little was actually known about her. The Los Angeles native seemed to appear out of nowhere, dropping a song, “Before I Ever Met You,” on Soundcloud in early 2013 to huge acclaim, and appearing in only a handful of photos in which her dark, searching eyes and model-like cheekbones were hidden in shadow or behind her long brown hair. At a time when many of her peers were blasting out songs about their famous exes and tipping off TMZ to their whereabouts, Banks was — quite literally — shrouded in obscurity. (Appropriately, the singer showed up for her interview with T clad in head-to-toe black, hair hanging over her face.)
But subsequent interviews and a pair of successful EPs, “London” and “Fall Over,” both released last year, have begun to lift the cloud of mystery. Meanwhile, the buzz for her debut LP, “Goddess” (out Sept. 9 on Harvest Records) is growing. The BBC and MTV have already called out the self-taught singer — whose sound is a smoldering mix of hip-hop beats and sultry-voiced R&B — as one to watch in 2014. And an upcoming string of dates throughout Europe will bring her music to a global audience.
Before she took the stage to an overflow crowd at last weekend’s Governors Ball Music Festival, Banks sat down to discuss her love of Fiona Apple, getting voicemails from prison and her dramatic onstage style.
Banks, Quick-Rising Pop Starlet, Explains Why Her Fans Have Her Cell Number
L.A. singer will release her debut EP this fall after a string of arresting singles.
Most music fans understand that some artists do not control their online platforms, and leave their mass-produced "thoughts" to their handlers. Los Angeles singer-songwriter Banks is more up front about this practice than most. "My manager is going to run the Social Media stuff," she writes on her official Facebook profile. But she also doesn't shut herself off from her swelling fan base; the following line on her Facebook page reads, "If you ever want to talk call me," and after a dash, she lists her cell phone number.
That number, Banks tells Billboard, is very real, and fans who have stumbled across her entrancing pop tracks online have spent the past few months calling or texting her.
"I've never really been into social media -- I don't have a Facebook, I don't do Twitter or Instagram or anything," she says. "But I still really want to be able to connect with people and have people make connections through my music, so I figured, 'What a better way than to give out my number?'"
BANKS - ''Goddess'': A music video for #TeamUNICEF
Thanks for helping me to discover her, miadeu! I may see her when she comes to Boston.
BANKS - Beggin For Thread
Chet Faker feat. Banks - 1998
BANKS - Better