Calling yourself BANKS isn’t really the best idea for a new artist in 2013. Yeah, it looks pretty cool when written in all caps as it’s officially stylized, but the name instantly conjures up a certain inescapable it girl rapper who seems to overshadow everything in her path. Not to mention that once it’s punched into Google, the only “Banks” that appear are those of the financial kind.
Poorly chosen moniker aside, there’s nothing else to fault BANKS for. The Los Angeles-based songstress, signed to indie IAMSOUND (home of Salem, Charli XCX, and a pre-major Florence + the Machine), is rapidly gaining buzz with her brilliant debut single, “Before I Ever Met You.” Radio 1 compared it to “early Portishead,” while BANKS’ label bio mentions Fiona Apple. What it really is is a combination of the two; the soulful angst of Tidal-era Apple lost in a moody maze of downtempo noir-pop.
BANKS also has another track available, a collaboration between herself and UK producer Lil Silva, called “Work.” It’s the kind of grimey, dubby British club fodder that Katy B would sell her first born for.
If you like what you hear, you can give BANKS a bell and tell her yourself. Seriously, her phone number is on her Facebook page.