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Just heard this from a few months ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFtMl-uipA8

I like very much. What's the story, where to next, etc.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 27 January 2014 18:03 (five years ago) link

twigs

Johnny Fever, Monday, 27 January 2014 18:04 (five years ago) link

twigs

flopson, Monday, 27 January 2014 18:04 (five years ago) link

lol

flopson, Monday, 27 January 2014 18:04 (five years ago) link

twigs

SHAUN (DJP), Monday, 27 January 2014 18:05 (five years ago) link

<3 twigs, but let's not lie to ourselves, Arca is the real draw.

festival culture (Jordan), Monday, 27 January 2014 18:06 (five years ago) link

The Arca production is sweet, but I'm also a fan of her whispery tones.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 27 January 2014 18:06 (five years ago) link

So it's Arca or it's twigs or it's both or it's more or...

Ned Raggett, Monday, 27 January 2014 18:10 (five years ago) link

First ep was released in 2012 as twigs. In a pre-emptive move on her part to avoid a clash with another artist named twigs, she changed the name to FKA twigs before releasing the second ep in 2013. Arca has handle the production/beat-making on both iirc, and she writes and sings. Album in 2014 perhaps? Hope so.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 27 January 2014 18:13 (five years ago) link

Man that's involved. Anyway, thanks for the clearup.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 27 January 2014 18:15 (five years ago) link

I can't stand Water Me from the singles poll. I've listened to it through about a dozen times and still nothing sticks for me. She has an aggravating quality to it that reminds me of Peter Gabriel for some reason. I tried to bait jjj into talking shit about it on his anti-shriekfest thread, but it turned out he dug it. I just listened to another track (Papi Pacify) that seems more substantial to me though.

how's life, Monday, 27 January 2014 18:28 (five years ago) link

I like "Papi Pacify" (and ummmmmm, the video! I am here for all this gorgeous black people engaging in kink!). "Water Me" does nothing for me tho.

raggett neds of your summer dress (The Reverend), Monday, 27 January 2014 20:17 (five years ago) link

oh, I had the video on in a separate tab! :D

how's life, Monday, 27 January 2014 20:18 (five years ago) link

i love both of these eps, love this chick, love her producer, love her movie directors, will always support good looking multiethnic groups of teens doing pretentious Fashion things

max, Tuesday, 28 January 2014 03:25 (five years ago) link

I just came here for the distended eyes

octobeard, Tuesday, 28 January 2014 04:16 (five years ago) link

really admire anyone who has never experienced the type of insecurity that lets them hear something in "water me"

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 28 January 2014 04:21 (five years ago) link

really now?

raggett neds of your summer dress (The Reverend), Tuesday, 28 January 2014 05:27 (five years ago) link

Okay before I forget, that user name rules. (I am biased.)

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 28 January 2014 05:43 (five years ago) link

four months pass...

YES

Wonderful cover, and it looks like none of the tracks are repeated from either EP. Can't wait.

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Monday, 9 June 2014 17:26 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

http://disconaivete.com/post/89694315611

Hit play on the soundcloud embed, scroll ahead to the 30:00 mark. Then get gut punched by "Two Weeks".

Johnny Fever, Monday, 23 June 2014 22:55 (five years ago) link

yeah this sounds kind of incredible, wow

le goon (J0rdan S.), Monday, 23 June 2014 23:01 (five years ago) link

perfect

festival culture (Jordan), Monday, 23 June 2014 23:05 (five years ago) link

Just checked Amazon and the mp3 single is out tomorrow (I'd presume the same holds true for iTunes).

Johnny Fever, Monday, 23 June 2014 23:10 (five years ago) link

this is perhaps the first time i have found her interesting. earlier songs were way too wispy and distant for me; this seems way less brittle

ginuwine's cousin (monotony), Tuesday, 24 June 2014 12:54 (five years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yDP9MKVhZc

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 24 June 2014 13:35 (five years ago) link

so is this Arca, or?

festival culture (Jordan), Tuesday, 24 June 2014 14:14 (five years ago) link

that song is delightful!

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 24 June 2014 14:55 (five years ago) link

holy shit

Star Gentle Uterus (DJP), Tuesday, 24 June 2014 16:43 (five years ago) link

so is this Arca, or?

She said in the little interviewlet with Ellie Goulding yesterday that she's actually been doing some production herself. Whether this is one of them or not, I don't know yet.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 24 June 2014 17:31 (five years ago) link

Goddamn

, Tuesday, 24 June 2014 20:33 (five years ago) link

Amazing song, amazing video

Who is bankrolling this?

, Tuesday, 24 June 2014 20:33 (five years ago) link

XL presumably

festival culture (Jordan), Tuesday, 24 June 2014 20:40 (five years ago) link

so is this Arca, or?

She said in the little interviewlet with Ellie Goulding yesterday that she's actually been doing some production herself. Whether this is one of them or not, I don't know yet.

― Johnny Fever, Wednesday, June 25, 2014 3:31 AM (3 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I think this one was a Clams Casino production.

ginuwine's cousin (monotony), Tuesday, 24 June 2014 21:13 (five years ago) link

if so this is the first time i've enjoyed a clams thing in years

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 24 June 2014 21:33 (five years ago) link

and the first time i've enjoyed a fka twigs thing anyway

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 24 June 2014 21:33 (five years ago) link

v v v good

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 24 June 2014 21:34 (five years ago) link

This is definitely a bold clam xp

, Tuesday, 24 June 2014 21:36 (five years ago) link

I think this one was a Clams Casino production.

nah he said on twitter that he didn't produce it.

festival culture (Jordan), Tuesday, 24 June 2014 21:42 (five years ago) link

Just twigged (har har) that the vid is probably a response/take on Kanye's Power vid?

What are earlier examples?

, Tuesday, 24 June 2014 23:06 (five years ago) link

http://twitter.com/clammyclams/status/481446543598579712

― festival culture (Jordan), Wednesday, June 25, 2014 7:43 AM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Lol, that's some shonky journalism by Pitchfork and a host of others then.

ginuwine's cousin (monotony), Tuesday, 24 June 2014 23:23 (five years ago) link

Annnd new interview

http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/06/meet-fka-twigs-musics-new-fashion-darling.html

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 25 June 2014 01:22 (five years ago) link

"Two Weeks" has completely taken over my brain

basically I can't go more than 45 minutes without humming either this song or "Dark Horse"

Star Gentle Uterus (DJP), Wednesday, 2 July 2014 15:00 (five years ago) link

^^ minus the Dark Horse part

, Wednesday, 2 July 2014 15:10 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

"Two Weeks" has really changed the way I think about her - I hope the rest of the LP avoids the pallid and watery early songs (which I tried really hard to love, but just couldn't latch onto for whatever reason) and more full-bodied like the newest single. She seems like a pretty cool person in any case: http://pitchfork.com/features/interviews/9460-fka-twigs/

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Wednesday, 23 July 2014 06:38 (four years ago) link

I still think the songs on the eps are gorgeous and really can't comprehend how they're unlikeable—particularly "Water Me," which seems to be the one most scorned—but I'm looking forward to whatever her next move is.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 23 July 2014 06:47 (four years ago) link

leaked. if you need me, i'll be over here listening to this one on a loop for the next couple days.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 29 July 2014 01:11 (four years ago) link

this album is a real endorphin releaser.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 30 July 2014 01:19 (four years ago) link

i love "two weeks" and i think i also love "pendulum" but at this point i'm not convinced by the rest

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 30 July 2014 02:29 (four years ago) link

wow that performance fuckin rules

art baengels (monotony), Thursday, 3 March 2016 11:54 (three years ago) link

I love her performances.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY-DvTt5Ag4

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 3 March 2016 21:06 (three years ago) link

She looked like a freaking sex goddess on that Glastonbury concert.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 3 March 2016 21:07 (three years ago) link

woaawwa

rap is dad (it's a boy!), Thursday, 3 March 2016 23:44 (three years ago) link

"good to love" is one of her best ever songs

J0rdan S., Friday, 4 March 2016 03:41 (three years ago) link

otm

Hey (Extended Mix), Friday, 4 March 2016 12:44 (three years ago) link

yep

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Friday, 4 March 2016 14:50 (three years ago) link

four months pass...
four months pass...

i would feel so much better if someone just announced a surprise lp2 release

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 30 November 2016 19:08 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=305ryPvU6A8

"HomePod. The new sound of home. Directed by Spike Jonze. Starring FKA twigs."

ArchCarrier, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 07:39 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

i'm glad she's getting that kind of exposure and she's so cute and an amazing dancer but my first reaction to that commercial was "homepod gives you psychosis"

akm, Thursday, 22 March 2018 19:42 (one year ago) link

eleven months pass...

So it's been years. What the fuck is going on?

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Thursday, 21 March 2019 22:34 (three months ago) link

she's posted on instagram about some health problems which are presumably part of why she hasn't released anything since "good to love". she's announced a few festival dates for this year, her first tour dates since 2016, so i'd hope some new music will be on its way soon enough

ufo, Thursday, 21 March 2019 22:47 (three months ago) link

So it's been years. What the fuck is going on?

Playing in Australia in May.

steven, soda jerk (sic), Thursday, 21 March 2019 23:57 (three months ago) link

Playing RBMA in nyc as well

i believe that (s)he is sincere (forksclovetofu), Friday, 22 March 2019 01:27 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

New single out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkLjqFpBh84

pomenitul, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 19:21 (two months ago) link

!

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 19:30 (two months ago) link

video is incredible

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 24 April 2019 19:42 (two months ago) link

hell yeah

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 24 April 2019 20:14 (two months ago) link

she has been working her ass off on that stripper pole in her IG stories for awhile

(•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 24 April 2019 20:19 (two months ago) link

The video's amazing (when she first comes stalking out on those heels it's like something from a Cremaster movie), but the song kinda only exists as a soundtrack to the video. The two of them together remind me of one of those commercials for a fantasy video game where a slow piano ballad is playing as explosions are going off all around you and you're shooting lasers at dragons.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Wednesday, 24 April 2019 20:31 (two months ago) link

It's great paired with the video, but I think it's a strong song in its own right.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 25 April 2019 03:38 (two months ago) link

This video and this song and the subtly ASMR production = incredible

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 26 April 2019 13:55 (two months ago) link

I am not into this song at all. The video is great, though.

GDPR vs GAPDY (DJP), Friday, 26 April 2019 15:46 (two months ago) link

Beautiful song. The video is nice until it goes all CGI though...

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 26 April 2019 20:06 (two months ago) link

first impression was that the video was incredible but the song was meh, but listening to it now without the visuals and it's really beautiful still. is that some vocal percussion I'm hearing towards the end?

she's so strong as a dancer... I've done aerial/acrobatic arts before and pole dancing was just so physically painful for me. every core muscle hurt, your thighs burn, and the blisters that you get on your hands, yargh.

Roz, Sunday, 28 April 2019 06:07 (two months ago) link

song is great and the sound design feels like a big step up from anything on her debut, so gorgeous

ufo, Sunday, 28 April 2019 11:38 (two months ago) link

I think her singing is really, really good but I’m not taken by the song

GDPR vs GAPDY (DJP), Sunday, 28 April 2019 13:27 (two months ago) link

Same after two listens but maybe that will change?

i believe that (s)he is sincere (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 28 April 2019 19:33 (two months ago) link

I was not feeling this one at first, I think I have an innate aversion to piano-led ballads. Now I think this song is too damn pretty to be ignored, I love the sparse, weird arrangements, I love her performance, I love the video. I don’t love that she pulled the trick of making me consider a piano ballad as one of my favorite songs of 2019.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 10 May 2019 19:10 (two months ago) link

I was initially put off by the ponderous bong bong basic ballad intro and in general the song would be better without it but the sound that occurs when she sings 'wrapped in cellophane' redeems that x100.

Matt DC, Friday, 10 May 2019 19:39 (two months ago) link

tbh my main beef with the song is that i can't help but think about the 'roy orbison wrapped in clingfilm' thing the entire time

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Friday, 10 May 2019 19:46 (two months ago) link

Is she still w shia labeouf?

nathom, Sunday, 12 May 2019 17:38 (two months ago) link

Cellophane, Live at The Wallace Collection

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNqXhfUfwgc

holy fuck. also love she deemed necessary to have someone subtly doing the 'percussion' of the song.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 21:52 (one month ago) link

She plays an instrument? Cool.

Someone watched the wide lenses in wainscotted rooms of The Favourite.

Am I wrong in thinking of her as in a similar category of musicians as Bjork? Similarly tone deaf on catchy melodies, and deeply reliant on progressive production for her appeal...

nonsense upon stilts (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 22:08 (one month ago) link

You are mistaken! About both her Bjork (“Birthday”, for example, is a very repetitive instrumental song carries entirely by her gift for melody)

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 22:10 (one month ago) link

Mind, I'm a fan who purchased the prior album. And what brings me back to it is a seemingly tortured soul amidst the metronomes and synthetic expurgate, not the songwriting.

Its perhaps a failing of mine that I can't make out more than half the words here. Maybe I have a similar relationship to FKA Twigs as I had to Disco Inferno, where the more I knew the less I loved...

nonsense upon stilts (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 22:14 (one month ago) link

that was never true about Bjork and while i could have understood that as an argument against twigs at the time of her first EPs etc. it certainly isn't true now

ufo, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 22:21 (one month ago) link

I find her interesting as an artist but the music grates on me in much the same way Tori Amos did

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Thursday, 23 May 2019 00:06 (one month ago) link

Bjork writes awesome melodies! Right up to Medulla/half of Volta, she was a straight up pop artist - albeit one who seemingly inhabited a entirely different planet. But still, she wrote plenty of actual *songs* with proper choruses and all.

After that, yes, she started becoming more interested in sounds/arrangements more than melodies, and it all sounded gorgeous and forward-thinking but equally kind of same-y and sterile.

That was kind of how I felt about Twigs when she debuted but I think she's grown into a much better songwriter, if never as melodic or straightforward pop as Bjork was at her peak. I do think she's the best music video artist since Bjork though.

Roz, Thursday, 23 May 2019 01:20 (one month ago) link

How are bjork and/or fka tone deaf on catchy melodies? That’s quite a hongro statement.

It’s hard to sing along to their songs, yes. But that doesn’t mean they write unmemorable songs. I wont even waste my time on this one, sorry.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 23 May 2019 05:02 (one month ago) link

That said, I can somewhat agree with the point that Bjork hasn’t written anything truly “catchy” since medulla, and fka was more oriented towards production on her early work.

I wont concede that cellophane doesn’t have any hooks though as every section of that one has been constantly stuck in my head for weeks.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 23 May 2019 05:07 (one month ago) link

can imagine thinking utopia sounds sterile, it's pure dew-kissed freshness

ogmor, Thursday, 23 May 2019 08:39 (one month ago) link

Just assume I've joined the "what do you mean, tone deaf on catchy melodies" dogpile, it will save us all time

Arugula Raccoon (DJP), Thursday, 23 May 2019 13:30 (one month ago) link

After that, yes, she started becoming more interested in sounds/arrangements more than melodies, and it all sounded gorgeous and forward-thinking but equally kind of same-y and sterile.

as the björk poll revealed to me, this is a false narrative

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 23 May 2019 13:39 (one month ago) link

Sterile was prob not the right word there, I just mean kind of tuneless? I think Utopia is a gorgeous record, just overly repetitive in parts.

Anyway, the point was neither her nor Twigs are bad at melodies.

Roz, Thursday, 23 May 2019 14:49 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucL26I7ZN08

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 31 May 2019 20:01 (one month ago) link

Blimey

I was there for Twigs show (btw Primavera was really amazing, my first large scale festival in over 10 years). One of the more brilliant and flawless live performances I've seen. The costumes, atmospherics, pacing, transitions, sword dancing, pole dancing were all on point. Her voice was transcendent. What a set!

The opening bit "A Woman's Prerogative" was spine chilling.

octobeard, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 03:43 (one month ago) link


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