Multihyphenate Jacob Banks has released his highly awaited new project For My Friends via Interscope Records. The follow-up to his critically acclaimed full-length debut Village, the eight-song project is available on music streaming platforms.
Mainly co-produced by the UK-based alt-R&B/soul artist and his longtime collaborator Sillkey, as well as Yakob, Sam De Jong, Spencer Stewart and Jonah Christian, For My Friends came to life in Banks’s London home. With the two musicians working remotely, Banks quickly found himself more creatively focused and fully in command of his artistry than ever before.
Throughout For My Friends, Banks offers up everything from cathartic protest songs to slow-burning meditations on love and loss, each track delivered in his undeniably captivating voice. One of the project’s most powerful moments, “Found” unfolds in delicate piano tones, lush string work, and cascading guitar lines as Banks beautifully channels a mood of lovestruck surrender.
Last month, Banks shared the latest single from For My Friends, a gritty but triumphant anthem titled “Parade.” Inspired by the unrest Banks felt upon attending a protest in the UK, the track instantly drew praise. With its unruly guitar riffs and wildly kinetic rhythms, “Parade” was accompanied by a brilliantly surreal video directed by Banks and starring British musician/visual artist Kojey Radical.
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