Artist: BANKS Album: London EP
Label: Harvest Release Date: September 10, 2013
The debut, four-track EP for Los Angeles pop singer Jillian Banks catches your ear like pop music, but finds its way into your soul. It all started with her sultry single “Warm Water”. Her soothing vocals along with the song’s hook captivated audiences and set a wave through music blogging sites.
Opening the EP with “Waiting Game”, produced by SOHN, truly culminates the dark and grueling sounds that the artist infuses into her songs. “Waiting Game” heads into an even darker place, opening up hauntingly. The track is then broken down by BANKS’ voice, where she continuously sounds as though she’s singing with half of a breath in her lungs. Following, is “This Is What It Feels Like” where beats and vocals are warped giving the song its dream-like sound. She teams up with T.E.E.D. for the third track, “Bedroom Wall”, an emotionally moving one.
The most uplifting track on the album is “Change”, which debates the conflict between the need to move on and the fear of “what now?” The song brings you out of the darkness and into the light with its playful synthline. The EP is short and the story is unresolved, but it’s not unsatisfying by any means. BANKS’ London is just a prologue, but an extremely promising one.
Review written by Erinne Hoedt