It’s the year of (amongst other things) the forward-thinking pop artist – those who know how to marry intelligent design with chart success.
The queen bee of this particular scene right now is Banks, who currently reigns as most blogged-about artist of 2014, and whose debut confirms her grip on the crown.
With ’90s tropes being hot property in pop culture right now, the Los Angeles singer-songwriter’s Aaliyah-like vocals pour from ‘Goddess’, while a gang of bleeding-edge underground producers (SOHN, Kwabs, TEED) concoct soulful beats to cushion them.
But her confessional appeal is not lost, however, as ballads such as ‘Under The Table’ hark back to her humble piano-and-voice origins. A fine balance has been struck – along with no little gold.
Words: Felicity Martin
- - -
- - -
Related: Into The Light: Clash Meets Banks