Banks – London EP review
I saw this new up and coming singer open up for The Weeknd this past Wednesday and I was not disappointed. She just released a new EP recently so of course I had to review it.
Jillian Banks, also known as Banks is a young singer/songwriter from Los Angeles, California. Her first single “Warm Water” was released on her soundcloud and garnered some interesting feedback. It was eventually heard by the popular R&B singer The Weeknd, who would eventually invite her out to perform on his “The Fall” tour. “Warm Water” features some dark and crooning vocals along with an elegant piano and synth back beat. While I didn’t really care for the song at first, it eventually grew on me.
Banks new EP, “London” has four new songs and expands on the reverbed packed, hazy vocals along with some dark topics about love and loneliness. The first song “Waiting Game” starts with some layered echoes and crooning piano chords. The hook on this song is sung with a mix of Lana Del Rey’s lush inspired sincerity and a bit of Fiona Apple’s feistiness. The next song, “This Is What It Feels Like” is a faster paced song that incorporates some soft echoing vocals and a spacey synthesizer beat. “And then when you said you felt the same/You pulled away/Started acting like being with me was too hard” are lyrics that everyone has felt at some point, but with Banks they seem new and fresh.
The next song, “Bedroom Wall” takes a much slower pace than the first two. However, just because it’s slower doesn’t mean it’s any worse. “My arms are open for you look at me now/Baby if you want you got me” she sings over graceful piano chords and layered vocals. Banks vocals on this track are filled with a mix of sexual fierceness and tender sensitivity. The last song on this EP, “Change”, is filled with much more instrumentation, and the keyboards and guitars that soar throughout give it a calming vibe. Again, her vocals are great on this song, with a great mix of soft reverb filled hums and passionate roars.
Overall, I thought that for a first EP, Banks stuck with a style that fits her pretty well. I think that once Banks expands on her new formed sound and maybe adds some more instrumentation, she will surely become a force to be reckoned with.
My rating: 8 out of 10
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