Californian pop powerhouse BANKS has returned with a new song called “The Devil”, the first taste of a new project that was initially conceived during the intense isolation of lockdown life. About the song, she says: “The devil is about being stronger than the demons that haunt you. About rebirth and transformation into the forces of nature we were born to be.”
Beginning with a sharply breathy vocal, we feel the demonic spirit rising through the singer, a possession that takes greater hold as the stark beat kicks in. Locked into a deadly groove, BANKS is in full, swaggering control – or is it the devilish possession that’s driving her? Either way, she’s commanding and magnetic, strutting over the minimalist beat, conjuring greater power as she goes, the meticulous production gradually building up behind her to drive home the point that this is a wholly new, undeniably self-possessed new version of the singer.
This evolution is taken even further in the video for “The Devil”, which sees BANKS in lusty red – think Elizabeth Hurley in Bedazzled or Britney in the “Oops I Did It Again” video. She says “this video represents the twisted, surreal, and playful world that I exist in as the devil. No demon can touch me as I am not tempted by their charm. Give me a rose and I’ll eat it. In this world, I hypnotize and stuff every demon in a box while I dance, fly, and play with my devil sisters. Someone write my new name down.”