Banks Is Kinky & Ferocious In New Single “F*ck With Myself”

This is freaky, but fantastic.

Jillian Banks, more officially known by her stage name Banks, premiered her latest single release “F*ck With Myself” on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio show last Tuesday, and it wasn’t as much the music that shocked people as it was the music video that accompanied it.

This hypnotic and enchanting song pulls you into what is the Donnie Darko meets Alice In Wonderland world of Banks’ mind. Don’t get too uncomfortable.

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People were very wary of UK-based songstress Banks at first, but maybe now is the time that we let her have a chance in our hearts as she makes this song with a lot of heart. This song is a song about self-worth and love. It’s about the judgement and negative self-talk that we inflict on ourselves, and how we must empower and be stronger than that. Anyone who has been self-conscious before can understand. She gets erotic, creepy, and creative in this piece. The song is retro in its atmosphere, but as eerie and ominous as a pop song done by Lana Del Ray & and an R&B tune by Miguel put together.

In the music video though (that you can watch above), we see all of the messages she is trying to portray through the clothed masochistic, sensual visuals and movements she displays next to a mannequin of herself. Backed up by 3 dancers wearing masks of her own face and who shape shift and contort their bodies into irregular positions, the singer-songwriter, well f*cks with herself, both mentally and physically. In her Matrix ensemble, and V for Vendetta lit dungeon of a room, she sits before a shattered mirror, all naked, staring hopelessly at herself, she caresses, kisses, hits, messily makes-up, and licks her life-like dummy of herself. And in the end, she sets it on fire.

Banks told Lowe in their talk on air that “there’s so many meanings to it,” the song that is. “It could be like, ‘I fuck with myself,’ like, ‘I mess with myself more than anybody else.’ It could be, ‘I fuck with myself,’ kind of like, ‘I’m feeling myself.’ It means a lot of different things that I think a lot of people can relate to.”

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Banks is in the works of what will be her second album, following her first full-length studio 2014 album Goddess. It is set to drop this fall on September 30th.

What do you think of the the music video and song?

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