Los Angeles singer BANKS named her debut effort London, because she wrote the EP’s four songs during, what she describes as, “an insane, emotionally heightened three-week period” spent in the English city. That description can be found in the video above, which was filmed during BANKS’ recent return to the U.K. Back in November, the electro-R&B siren opened for the Weeknd overseas and still found time to stop by London’s SBTV to record an acoustic rendition of “Change,” the closing track from her London EP.
The stripped-down performance may not have the bubbling effects or ghostly back-up vocals of the Tim Anderson-produced original, but BANKS’ billowy voice communicates the emotional peaks and valleys of the studio version, especially when it settles around a line such as, “Never guilty / Say it ain’t your fault / Because you had an emotionally abusive daddy / And because of this you don’t know how to act.” Watch the clip above, and scroll down for the dates to BANKS’ first-ever headlining tour, currently booked for (where else) the U.K.
Her forthcoming debut album is one of SPIN’s 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2014.
BANKS tour dates:
March 20 – Bristol, U.K. @ Trinity Centre
March 21 – Birmingham, U.K. @ Library?
March 23 – Glasgow, U.K. @ 02 ABC2
?March 24 – Sheffield, U.K. @ Leadmill?
March 26 – Manchester, U.K. @ RNCM?
March 28 – Oxford, U.K. @ 02 Academy 2
?March 29 – Brighton, U.K. @ Concorde
March 31 – London, U.K. @ Koko