In 2015, Jacob Banks blew us away with his cover of A Great Big World’s, “Say Something,” and he continues to impress us today with his latest EP, The Boy Who Cried Freedom. With a set of pipes that will stop listeners in their tracks, Jacob Banks has transported bonafide soul to the digital age. His earth-shattering vocals and signature guitar riffs are irresistible, especially when layered over the bliss of old-school American gospel melodies and modern-edgy R&B.
The five-track collection follows Banks’ 2015 release, Paradox. The EP opens with the previously released track, “Chainsmoking,” a song about an irresistible love. Taking a leap from “Chainsmoking,” “Part Time Love” sees Banks’ sweet vocals paired against stripped back guitar riffs, followed by “Mercy,” a stand out powerful track that showcases Banks’ vocal versatility.
“Unholy Water” is a stunning anthem to the oppressed. The song’s music video features the story of a father who sends his young son away from home to protect him from danger. The two-part narrative dives into themes of war and prejudice.
Banks’ voice is carried throughout the EP with metaphors and imagery akin to a contemporary poet. The record concludes with “Photograph,” a song about ex-lovers, in which Banks compares the former relationship to the success of the Chicago Bulls in 1993.
With The Boy Who Cried Freedom, Jacob Banks has proven himself to be one of the most exciting emerging artists of 2017. Check out to the full EP below.
If listening to the EP on repeat isn’t enough to satisfy your Jacob Banks craving, make sure to catch him live. He is set to play shows in Los Angeles, New York and London as well as multiple festivals throughout the Summer and Fall, including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and more. See all upcoming tour dates below & grab your tickets here.
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
May 4 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
May 18 Los Angeles, CA Masonic Lodge
June 17 Dover, DE Firefly Music Festival
June 23 Rothbury, MI Electric Forest Festival
August 4 Cincinnati, OH Fountain Square
August 5 Chicago, IL Lollapalooza
August 6 Montreal, QC Osheaga Festival Musique et Arts
August 13 San Francisco, CA Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival