There’s good reason FKA Twigs commands a captive audience. The young British singer, songwriter, and dancer has been winning accolades since her debut, LP1. Her eye-popping music videos are often overtly sexual, without revealing anything, and demonstrate her mature grasp of performance art, skirting the hazy line that separates NSFW and slick production.
"Glass & Patron"
FKA Twigs directed her own video for the You Tube Video Awards
Her latest EP, M3LL155X, moves fluidly through electro-pop, trip-hop, soul, house, and R&B. The songs house her hushed and porcelain vocals, which can drop to almost nothing in one measure and soar wildly in the next.
The scratchy, drawn-out groan she emits in the electric “Figure 8” is a testament to how far she’s willing to go in music. On the explosive "I'm Your Doll," she portrays a blow-up doll ready to do her bidding. "I'm feeling like a loaded gun, and when it’s done, I’m the only one," she whispers.
For the synth-pop dance song "In Time," she implores a man to stay committed, but in the next breath softly warns him, “The way you dismiss me/ Will turn into missing me like I am yours.” On the tempo-jumping single “Glass & Patron,” she experiences a catharsis that frees her from the deep-seated pain of “being told who I am.” It’s her version of “Vogue” for the 21st Century.
Few others in music are taking the kinds of risks that FKA Twigs is fast becoming known for, and this five-song set is just the shocking tip of the iceberg.
Artist: FKA Twigs
Label: Young Turks
Songs: (1) Figure 8 (2) I'm Your Doll (3) In Time (4) Glass & Patron (5) Mothercreep