It’s only been just over six months since BANKS released her underappreciated sophomore album The Altar – one of 2016’s very best, but there’s no rest for this brooding chanteuse. Yup, #NewMusicFriday strikes again!
BANKS has just released a brand new single titled: “Crowded Places,” a satisfying slice of gloomy melodramatic pop produced and written alongside Tim Anderson and Jack Antonoff (who has been on a roll lately with his latest Bleachers single “Don’t Take The Money” and Lorde‘s latest outputs “Green Light” and “Liability.”)
Initially led by a solemn piano melody and her signature echoing chants (“Hey, hey, hey..“), the song soon dissolves into heavy gloom as BANKS beings to croon her heartbreaking tale. “Cause I’ve been scared of crowded places/ Come with me, I’ll take you home/ ‘Cause I’ve been scared of crowded places/ Come with me, I’ll take you home,” she sings with her featherlight vocals before the song beings to elevate to the next level on the chorus’ second go round, leading all the way up to seriously emotional bridge: “It falls to death so talk with me/ This life, what if it’s you and me?/ Don’t know, oh no/ Maybe that means we’ll fall from grace/ It’d be ok, I’d have your face with me/ You’ll see,” she aches across the hazy, atmospheric bridge.
It’s masterfully produced and pretty devastating, so please — if you’re looking for a pick me up, this is not it. But if you’re looking for a good cry, please proceed. BANKS, forever a Goddess.