BANKS

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God­dess

Har­vest LA-based Jil­lian Banks – you’ll re­call that as the stylised BANKS she was on the BBC Sound of 2014 list last year – has all the cre­den­tials for a singer-song­writer who likes delv­ing into rel­a­tively dark re­cesses. As a dis­traught teenager she was given a pi­ano by a fam­ily friend in or­der to ex­press what she was emotionally in­ter­nal­is­ing via the di­vorce of her par­ents. Sev­eral years on, Banks has de­vel­oped the kind of icy, pop-glitch-laden sound that you’re hear­ing all over the gaff. In other words, while the party is still mak­ing some in­ter­est­ing noises, Banks has ar­rived wear­ing the same dress as the host­ess – there are bits and bobs that we’ve heard be­fore (The xx, Sade, Lana Del Ray) and bits and pieces that just don’t fit. For all of that, songs such as Change, Wait­ing Game and Some­one New snag the senses. Hold on, then – maybe the party’s not over yet. her­nameis­banks.com

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