Watch BANKS Set Herself On Fire In New Video For "Fuck With Myself"

Watch BANKS Set Herself On Fire In New Video For "Fuck With Myself"

The singer-songwriter offers another glimpse into her dark world with her latest single and accompanying video

The singer-songwriter offers another glimpse into her dark world with her latest single and accompanying video

Text: Ian David Monroe

V girl BANKS has followed up her last single (2015's “Better”) with the brand new “Fuck With Myself.” The song, which she dubs an “anthem of badass-ery,” comes as the first single from her forthcoming untitled album due September 30. Collaborators include DJ Dahi and frequent production partner SOHN. On guest appearances, BANKS bypassed singling out names, so as to retain the element of surprise.

Vocally, the singer pushes herself into a new territory, at times forgoing her signature sultry sound for something more guttural. She did the same on “Better,” going for a wild and soaring chorus that pushed her to the tips of her vocal range. In both tracks, the risk pays off. On the experimental move, BANKS tells Zane Lowe, “I wanted to take up space. In my past I wanted to hide, and cover half of my face. On this one I’m ready to try new things and I have.”

The track's video is equally experimental, and mirrors the singer's desire to come out "hiding." It sees BANKS holding a bald replica of herself, lighting it on fire, facing the camera full on. It's a look that will be familiar to any Ex Machina viewer, but for an artist that admittedly hid behind her hair, it's striking and direct. Quite literally, it is Banks at her most bare.

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