BANKS is getting ready to release her third album. Following its lead single, “Gimme,” III will be out this July. The album follows BANKS’ 2016 sophomore album, The Altar, which gave us the singles “F–k With Myself,” “Gemini Feed,” and “Trainwreck.” In a new interview with Billboard, BANKS spoke about III and her forthcoming music.
Making III started with a “very necessary” break from music. As BANKS told Billboard:
I never really had time to digest how much my life had changed. I needed to rediscover how to live in one place, reestablish a nesting place, and be a little more grounded. So I purposely told my management, “I don’t want to leave for at least a year.”
During that break, BANKS wrote a ton of songs. She worked with songwriters Trey Campbell and Kevin Garrett, and producers Buddy Ross, BJ Burton, and Hudson Mohawke.
Billboard describes her new songs as “more fiery than ever, with lyrics about desire and pain sung over driving bass.” BANKS states that “I was going through a major growth spurt when I made this album,” in which she transformed from a “naive girl” into a “wise woman.” Indeed, the new songs on III show the confident side of her, previously heard on songs like “Underdog” and “F–k With Myself.”
BANKS considered naming her album Eros, which would have fit in with her first two album titles: Goddess and The Altar. Instead, she opted for III. (In our opinion, Eros would have made an excellent title; oh well.)
Although she doesn’t reveal any new song titles, we do know how the album ends. The closing track features her 4-year-old niece, Georgia, saying “I love you.” What a sweet way to close the album!
Read the full interview with Billboard to learn more about where BANKS has been and how her new album will sound.
We can’t wait to hear III this July! For now, enjoy her new single “Gimme” and its just-released music video. Stay tuned for more details about the forthcoming album, including its tracklist, cover art, and specific release date. Keep checking back here for all the latest BANKS music news.
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