ALT-R&B/SOUL ARTIST JACOB BANKS RELEASES NEW PROJECT FOR MY FRIENDS
12 MARCH 2021 (TORONTO, ON) – Today, Nigerian-born singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jacob Banks shares his highly awaited new project For My Friends via Interscope Records. The follow-up to his critically acclaimed full-length debut Village, the eight-song project is available at all digital retailers now.
Mainly co-produced by the UK-based alt-R&B/soul artist and his longtime collaborator Sillkey, as well as Yakob, Sam De Jong, Spencer Stewart and Jonah Christian, For My Friends came to life in Banks’s London home. With the two musicians working remotely, Banks quickly found himself more creatively focused and fully in command of his artistry than ever before.
Throughout For My Friends, Banks offers up everything from cathartic protest songs to slow-burning meditations on love and loss, each track delivered in his undeniably captivating voice. One of the project’s most powerful moments, “Found” unfolds in delicate piano tones, lush string work, and cascading guitar lines as Banks beautifully channels a mood of lovestruck surrender.
Last month, Banks shared the latest single from For My Friends, a gritty but triumphant anthem titled “Parade.” Inspired by the unrest Banks felt upon attending a protest in the UK, the track instantly drew praise from Clash (who hailed it as “[f]uzzed out blues with a 21st century slant”). With its unruly guitar riffs and wildly kinetic rhythms, “Parade” was accompanied by a brilliantly surreal video directed by Banks and starring British musician/visual artist Kojey Radical. Check it out HERE.
Along with “Found” and “Parade,” For My Friends includes Banks’s previously released singles “Devil That I Know” and “Stranger.” Rooted in his introspective storytelling, the project expands on the unbridled emotion of Village — a 2018 release that earned praise from outlets like Ones to Watch (who likened the album to “an exquisitely-written memoir”) and NPR (who noted that Banks possesses “a mesmerizingly deep baritone with timbre so rich, you can almost feel it wrapping you up in song”).
About Jacob Banks
Born in Nigeria and based in London, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jacob Banks first introduced his powerful fusion of soul, R&B, and alternative with a series of self-released EPs. Soon after signing to Interscope Records, he made his full-length debut with 2018’s Village and garnered widespread critical acclaim, including a spot on VIBE’s “30 Best Albums of 2018” list. In addition to headlining sold-out shows on multiple continents, he’s delivered electrifying performances at Coachella, SXSW, Austin City Limits, and Lollapalooza, and also opened for the likes of Emeli Sandé, Sam Smith, and Alicia Keys. In May 2020, Banks drew raves for his cover of Keys’s “Like You’ll Never See Me Again,” a jaw-dropping rendition whose video has amassed over 1.5 million views on YouTube.
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