Words: Tom Morris Jones
With her otherworldly, atmospheric and dark R&B songs, BANKS quietly took the music industry by storm last year and is understandably eyeing up a chance to go even further in 2014.I, along with many, first discovered the LA based singer as a support act on The Weeknd’s European tour last year, in which she explained that she had only ever performed twice before getting noticed and called up for the slot. Talk about sharp rise to fame.
But her recent fame is more than deserved with her songs showcasing her marvellous, sultry voice to the backdrop of futuristic, slow synths. And these songs have paid dividends as last year she was nominated for the Sound of 2014 award by the BBC and was a MTV Brand New nominee. Two more reasons to check her out:-
U.S.T – The ‘Eye
We recently commented on how Circa Waves were trying to reinvigorate the rather neglected genre of ‘guitar music’ which was so ubiquitous in the noughties. This notion was backed up by George Ergatoudis, head of Music at BBC Radio 1, who stated only last week that he believes the British public’s appetite for guitar music is returning. And the band in this week’s Eyelet, Shy Nature, are an outfit that reinforces the notion that this slumbering cornerstone of the industry is soon to be re-awakened.
The exciting four-piece alternative rock band now reside in north London after originally meeting in Liverpool. Their songs revolve around delightful guitar and vocal melodies backed up by growling organs and drums and bass that bring the songs careering along. Combining melancholy lyrics about the pains of growing up with endearing, buoyant music, this band hands you a stark and often confusing contrast that will find you dancing happily along to lyrics about our ‘messed up youth’.
Their new single ‘Lie Back’ was released last week off the back of a brilliant self-titled debut EP last September. Fans of music from Good Shoes, Mystery Jets and The Maccabees will no doubt love this band. See for yourself: