Jacob Banks Proves The Profundity of His Talent With 'Paradox' EP
Any time is the right time to listen to the amazing Jacob Banks here at Next2shine, and hot on the heels of his latest teaser single he has now released his 'Paradox' EP. Returning after a musical hiatus as he recharged his artistic vision, 'Paradox' proves no puzzle when it comes to understanding the profundity of Banks' talent. Redemptive, poignant and heartfelt, 'Paradox' is grounded in a deeply authentic well of unfiltered emotion that is unleashed with a passionate, cathartic gravitas; at times it seems Banks is clawing up the rawest of emotion from the very depths of his soul.
Front and center, of course, is Banks' prodigious voice; fired with its deep rumble and gruff power, it can also implore and yearn with the kind of moving vulnerability that is heart-breaking in its honesty. From 'Sink Or Swim''s 'believe-in-yourself', take the plunge fearlessness, through to 'Home''s yearning for love and 'You Don't Even Call Me''s bruised, bereft emotion; from 'Monster''s ominous warning through to 'Grace''s internal struggle, Banks voice runs the gamut of human emotion with a soul-shaking magnificence.
Relying on relatively spare arrangements - often just a piano, guitar and/or percussion - Banks fills the spaces with complementary vocalizations and the magnetism and emotive resonance of his remarkable voice, bearing his heart and soul with the kind of uninhibited abandon that is profoundly moving in its fearlessness. Proving that his is an artistic sensibility that surely defines the very word 'authentic', with 'Paradox' Banks has delivered a further reminder that his is one of the rarest and most meaningful talents to be found on the contemporary music scene.