I first came across the music of Banks only few months ago as I trawled Spotify for inspiration, something new to listen to and connect with.
Releasing her first song on Soundcloud back in 2013, Banks exposed herself to creative feedback for the first time and subsequently opened her raw and personal songwriting to a growing fan base. Allowing personal creativity to travel freely into the world for judgement is increasingly difficult when you’re this honest in songwriting. Her lyrics are almost a page torn from a diary and set to a back beat. Her back catalogue, although consisting of only two albums, Goddess and the more recent The Altar, is a soup to immerse yourself in: moody, contemporary and R&B tinged.
Recently, I watched an interview where she talked about the relationship between creativity and destruction, how you can’t really have one without the other and that in suffering you are preparing yourself for creation. I can’t think of a more freeing way to look at depression; the idea that there is always a light in the dark, something to reach for, to bunch up the shit you’ve been through and make something beautiful out of it.
“…depression is the stage before you give birth to something.”
Take a listen to this week’s playlist; it’s been my go to all month.
Photo: Courtesy of Barnaby Roper/Banks