Jacob Banks is a bubbling new artist that you can see a huge future for with just one click of a music video. He is handsome, stylish in that punky preppy way that only British talent ever is, a unique and emotional songwriter, and, most of all, he can sing. Really, really sing: He bellows deeply and croons sweetly. The 26-year-old British musician has recently signed to Interscope Records on the strength of a few promising singles, on which he has shown a talent for mining 1960s flourishes and making them sound completely fresh. He evokes that recent tradition of U.K. singers who harken back to Dusty Springfield and Sam Cooke: Amy Winehouse, Duffy, and early Adele. He is unafraid to tackle difficult topics in song, too. The track “Unknown (To You)” is a vivid recounting of an emotionally strained coupling, and in the video for the track, Banks makes allusions to a toxic relationship between a father and son. It has recently been remixed by one of his heroes, Timbaland. As he told us one day on a phone call from a tour bus somewhere in America (he is on his first solo headlining run in the States), he is a young man with a lot to say in his music. If things work out the way they look like they are going to, he’s going to have plenty of chances to say it.
All Photos by Grace Rivera.