Last week, BANKS announced that she’d be celebrating her birthday with a new single, “The Devil.” Today’s the big day! Happy birthday to BANKS, and to fans too, because “The Devil” is out and it’s sinfully good. The song also comes with a horror-styled, campy music video.
If you’ve been following BANKS throughout her career, you’ll likely pick up on the similarities between “The Devil” and her The Altar lead, “Fuck With Myself.” Both songs have an unsettling and unconventional style, musically and lyrically. On “The Devil,” BANKS whispers and laughs, channeling her inner demon. From here, BANKS mumbles that someone should write down her new name, because she’s changed. The verse and pre-chorus both offer more melody, but a scream tears us back into that whispered chorus. It’s a short but spooky song.
The accompanying music video fits the song perfectly. It opens with BANKS picking up an unassuming guy in a bar, but things get weird fast. Eating a rose, leaving red blood on her chin? Supernaturally floating above a speeding car? Check and check. By the time they’ve arrived at a campfire – where BANKS’ friends are crawling around the flames like possessed cult members – this dude should know some bad things are going to happen. Nevertheless, he’s powerless to their seductive charms, and he pays the price. Unfortunately, the movie-like scene BANKS had previously teased isn’t in the video, but the vibe is still on point.
By the way… did you notice the license plate on BANKS’ car? We’re thinking Serpentina might be the name of her upcoming album! No announcements yet, but hopefully BANKS will reveal more soon.
Watch the hellish new video for “The Devil” below:
You can stream or buy “The Devil” from all the major music providers here. It’s expected to appear on BANKS’ upcoming fourth studio album, due out later this year.
More From Banks
Last spring, she released an EP, Live And Stripped. It included live, acoustic performances of “Stroke,” “Contaminated,” “Drowning,” and “If We Were Made Of Water.” All songs are taken from III, except “Drowning,” which was a single from BANKS’ debut album, Goddess.
BANKS has been writing and recording in the studio for much of the past year, occasionally sharing behind-the-scenes looks. At one point she worked with Tove Lo, so we hope to hear that song on one of their albums!
Enjoy “The Devil” and its horrifyingly fun new music video. News about BANKS’ upcoming fourth album – Serpentina? – is still mostly under wraps, but it should be out by late summer or early fall. Keep checking back here for all the latest music news.
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