Track Review: Banks, ‘Gemini Feed’
After shocking the world with “F*ck With Myself,” Banks returns markedly less explicit, though still fiery on “Gemini Feed.”
Banks shocked the world in July when she issued her explicit “F*ck With Myself” single. Despite its daring nature, “F*ck With Myself” was a home run for the alternative pop artist. One single alone would’ve been sufficient to build anticipation for her sophomore album The Altar, due September 30, 2016. Alas, Banks entices the world with a second gem, “Gemini Feed.”
“Gemini Feed” encompasses relationship issues, much like “F*ck With Myself.” Here, Banks pits the perspective of men versus the perspective of women against each other. On Banks’ end of things, she professes her love, but he doesn’t respond. Ah, the classic unrequited love.
“Open up your eyes / there’s nothing on my body left to see / I tried a thousand times / I tried to say ‘I love you,’ but you didn’t’ hear me”
Although the relationship is done, she hasn’t completely let go.
“Ode to my two thighs / I still want you to kiss ‘em cause they’re lonely…”
The aforementioned line is sensually brilliant. Banks likely speaks for many women, who despite breaking up, still desire intimacy with their ex. While this angle is geared towards girls, guys also experience lust for exes.
Though Banks still desires, she makes it clear she won’t be ruled by him/his ways.
“And to think you would get me to the altar / like I follow you around like a dog that needs water / but admit it that you wanted me smaller / if you would have let me grow, you could have kept my love”
Musically, “Gemini Feed” is sensational as well. A mysterious intro paints a foreboding portrait; a sketchy sound is conveyed. The production successfully blends pop, urban, and electronic touches. The final product is perfect for this adamant non-love cut.
All in all, “Gemini Feed” is thoughtful and brilliantly composed. Banks creatively depicts a broken relationship, the differences between men and women, and feminism simultaneously. Well produced and donning a catchy chorus, “Gemini Feed” is a second consecutive winner from Banks.