Album Title: London
Label: Harvest Records
Released: Sept. 10, 2013
For those of you who are not familiar with BANKS’s music, you will find her electro-dreamy-pop sound to be an interesting one. Listening to her music is like looking at a coin; BANKS can show two very different sides of who she is as an artist and what she is capable to transmit through her music.
The melancholic lyrics of “This Is What It Feels Like,” “Bedroom Wall,” “Change” and the most popular “Waiting Games,” set the tone of her latest album London. Is it the mix of catchy synth low beats or her graspy-but-soft voice wrapped around thick reverb that makes you sway to her songs? Whatever the reason is, this album speaks to those who have experienced heartbreak, ignorance and confusion because of love at some point in life, meaning every single human being in this planet.
“What if I never even see you cuz we’re both on a stage/ Don’t tell me listen to your song because it isn’t the same/ I don’t wanna say your love is a waiting game” are the lyrics of her most popular single “Waiting Game.” Although the lyrics suggest a romance between two artists separated by their touring schedule, people in long-distance relationships could easily relate to this song: the waiting around and questioning where the relationship is going or when you will see your significant other again.
Her other songs, “This Is What It Feels Like” talks about this loves-me-loves-me-not dynamic, the “I like you but I don’t want you to know, so I ignore you” type of situation people have going on sometimes. “Bedroom Walls” is a love confession to that broken-hearted lover you have been waiting for a long time, “Baby if you want you got me/ I know you’re broken darling I won’t let you down/ Cause baby I’ve been waiting for you.” Lastly, “Change” is about a violent relationship where the guy mistreats the girl, and when she is ready to leave, he is not ready to let her go. “While you watched me disintegrate/ Because you like to tell me how you hate/ All the ways I’m not enough for you/ Then you’d say/ Baby don’t go/ I didn’t know/ I’ll change I swear…”
So whether you are listening to the darker-sounding London, or any of BANKS’s previous, more upbeat hits, one thing is for sure: the fast-growing career of this L.A.-based singer is proof of her great talent and unique contribution to the music world.
Reviewed by Valeria Gonzales Leyva