BANKS Covers V Magazine’s Spring 2014 “Music Issue”
Photographed by Inez & Vinoodh and styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, L.A.-bred singer-songwriter speaks on breaking through in Britain, finding empowerment through music after her parents’ divorce and more.
“It’s been really crazy over there. The British taste is a bit different, maybe drawn to something a little outside the box. And it’s so funny, a lot of people think that I’m from London, after hearing my music. I have had so many people, when I say that I’m from L.A., be shocked.”
“I think Los Angeles is so sunny and kind of laid back in a way, and my music isn’t really that at all. It almost tenses you up. It doesn’t feel sunny, it feels heavy.”
On the inspiration for “Siren Song,” from her forthcoming debut album due this spring:
“We took a boat to an island that was based off of the island from The Odyssey. And there was nothing else there. Not even an animal. My mom and my sister and I were alone and so broken, but we were also so powerful and like we were all sirens. It felt special to sit there, like it was meant to happen. And it was this amazing thing, because I think I always want women to feel empowered and like goddesses, like Mother Earth.”
BANKS will return to the states soon for a tour after the release of her album, which — in addition to “Siren Song” — will include the newly-released “Brain,” a collaboration with L.A. producer Shlomo, “Loon,” and the SOHN-produced “Alibi.”
The album follows the success of her atmospheric London EP, which released September 2013 via Good Year Recordings / Harvest Records.