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Banks: III

Will Hermes, Rolling Stone, 11 July 2019

SINCE HER GOTHY 2014 single 'Beggin' For Thread' ("to sew this hole up that you ripped in my head"), Jillian Banks has stepped with a vanguard steering pop from butterflies and rainbows towards darker, weirder places. She doubles down on III, suggesting Billie Eilish's graver older sis with a timely set full of menacing sub-bass distortion, suspended silences, grimey organ tones and digitally-abraded vocals. It's a snow-globe of tainted love that makes the apocalyptic outside world seems near-manageable by comparison, a public service for that alone.

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