Set for a massively hyped release next week on Young Turks, those with keen ears and a soft spot for murky pop would’ve already jumped on the debut album from FKA Twigs.
The fascinating London local made a name for herself last year with two beautiful EP’s aptly titled ‘EP1’ and ‘EP2’, so it’s not so surprising that her first full-length has come with the extravagant name of ‘LP1’. To her testament though, the first year of her gradual rise to one of the most in-demand, near-iconic new artists in the country was devoted to videos – visually, there was nothing like seeing Tahliah Barnett covering her lady parts with a leaf, or seeing Twigs being choked in ‘" target="_blank">Papi Pacify‘. And in true fashion, she’s not included any previously-released music on the album – it’s all fresh and unheard – so with this output, we’re seeing a smaller focus on visuals and, with the help of its unexciting record title, more attention being placed on the music itself. Her flawless vocals are continuously brought to the forefront, with her notes on ‘Give Up’ and the funk-laden surefire hit ‘Pendulum’ being the most on-point we’ve heard from her yet, while lyrically we’re hearing a higher concentration on love and intimacy: “when I trust you we can do it with the lights on.”
Everyone should definitely cop this LP, even those who aren’t particularly familiar with the cloudy, perplexing field of FKA Twigs’ rare approach to music. It’s absolutely fantastic; just place the needle on wax and sit back…or listen to ‘Pendulum’ below.
02. Lights On
03. Two Weeks
06. Video Girl
09. Give Up