With the release of her second full length album, the excitement surrounding Banks' music proves to be one of a kind. For dedicated fans, and those curious to see what this creative force releases next there's certainly a sense of discovery, of possible surprise awaiting when she welcomes you into her world. From the opening track 'Gemini Feed' it feels like this project shows us the inner turmoil of a person in the midst of great change, and an artist determined to make that change into growth.
When the first song ends and 'Fuck With Myself' you can start to feel how raw and honest this project is. It's as if you're getting to know the artist personally, with the tougher exterior gradually fading into more tender moments as the record progresses with 'Lovesick' into 'Mind Games' and beyond. As she calls out 'Do you see me now?' time and again it's clear that the personal evolution you sense early on is a pervaisve element on a powerful album. Things have changed and Banks is out of this world.
'The Altar' balances uptempo jams like 'This Is Not About Us', an energetic track with percussion so intricate and unique we can't wait to see it played live by the masterful Derek G. Taylor. To compliment there are the deep, at times somber moments like 'Mother Earth'. It's a bold, vivid example of Banks' ability embrace heavy subject matter and still write songs of great beauty. The poetic nature of her music makes it both relatable, and the cause of great curiosity. How much of this is real? How much is rooted in her personal experience? At times these songs can feel almost too personal, as if the lyrics are really entries in Banks' personal journal.
There is the true beauty and sadness of Banks' new record. It's also what sets her apart from the endless list of artists vying for your attention. This music is so real in it's vulnerability that at it's most heartbreaking you see an unbelievably strong artist putting herself out there in a world that can often feel like it's falling apart.
You need to hear this.