The first thing that came to mind while hearing BANKS
‘ “Waiting Game” was “Ellie Goulding
covering The Weeknd
.” Then I remembered that that actually happened
, and it wasn’t nearly this haunting. The L.A. singer starts off sounding defeated and weary over some spectral echoes and a piano chord, but soon a throbbing bass line kicks in and droning organs build up. The track was produced by SOHN
, who built some beautifully undulating layers of murk, all of which drop out for BANKS’ falsetto during the refrain.
We’ve been waiting for more female singers to embrace the darker R&B vibes, and this is a fine entry into that category. So it’s easy to see why The Weeknd plucked her for his North American tour this fall. Head below to hear the track.
BANKS — “Waiting Game”