British Group Neon Jungle just released their EP Trouble. One of the songs on the EP was “Waiting Game” written and released originally by BANKS as a single and music video. It is a track on her upcoming debut album, being released in September. Many people questioned why BANKS would give them her song and this was her response.
“People keep asking why I let Neon Jungle put my song “Waiting Game” on their album when my album has yet to come out. The answer is I was never asked. I was as shocked as you to see this song made up of my own heartbeats on their album. A song that was born from my real life, my real heartache, my real fingertips when I was at one of the most confusing times in my life.
How strange it is to see it used on someone else’s album before it even comes out on mine.
It makes me feel very uncomfortable. Like my own thoughts were stolen from me and sold as someone elses. I am a new artist and new to this business and I am told it is legal. But it feels really icky. I guess I can only hope Waiting Game means as much to Neon Jungle as it did to me when I wrote it……. BANKS”
I literally cannot believed this for several reasons. One isn’t this illegal? Two what group would have the audacity and indecency to do this? Three that really is unfortunate for BANKS and I’m sure very damaging as an upcoming artist.
What do you think about this?
My sister made me record this and send it to her and since it’s already out there in the universe. I figured I would share it with you, fill you in a tad on what I do with all my spare time.
Live circa 1974. This song. This damn album.
Never has an album cover better represented all of the musical glory that particular album holds. Yet somehow, Jenny Lewis has done it again. She has gone and created an album worthy of comparisons to rainbow jumpsuits, unicorns, and glitter in the best way possible.
After garnering positive reviews and warm reception to her “Just One Of The Guys” music video (iconically featuring Anne Hathaway, Kristin Stewart, Brie Larson, and Jenny herself dressed as men), the bar was set very high. Not only did the The Voyager surpass all of the expectations previously set, but it completely trumped them.
A theme of heartbreak seems to run through these songs like a strong current, yet Jenny is talented enough, and quite frankly smart enough musically, to present them in an upbeat manner, which I imagine is a very challenging thing to do.
Songs “She’s Not Me” and “Aloha & the Three Johns” are heavy hitting when it comes to revealing personal heartbreak that Jenny has experienced, yet they contain a certain island vibe entangled in a genius mix of euphonious melodies and enchanting layered rhythms.
The album takes a slight variation from the overall upbeat track listings with the title track “The Voyager” where a more melancholy mood is presented. In songs “Slippery Slope” and “Love U Forever” Jenny captures a more rock/indie vibe as seen in previous days with former band Rilo Kiley.
This versatility, while remaining familiar and consistant is one of the things I search for and most enjoy in artists. Jenny blows it out of the water once again.