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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 (five 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 (five 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 (five years ago) link

this album is a real endorphin releaser.

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

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

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

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

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

Is she still w shia labeouf?

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

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

ogmor, Thursday, 23 May 2019 08:39 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

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

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

two months pass...

https://i-d.vice.com/amp/en_uk/article/zmjny4/fka-twigs-interview-magdalene-new-album

finally some more news - album is titled Magdalene, out this fall, mostly co-produced by Nicolas Jaar, one track "Holy Ground" features Future

ufo, Monday, 2 September 2019 15:17 (one week ago) link

Interesting, would not have expected that pairing

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 2 September 2019 19:17 (one week ago) link

Thank god it’s not Arca! I hate his productions and what he did with Bjork. There was talks of Oneohtrix producing but I suppose it didn’t work out either.

Very excited with this pairing tbh.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 2 September 2019 22:13 (one week ago) link

opn did produce some tracks she performed live in 2016 but they're not part of this new lot unless they've been renamed so idk if they'll ever see the light of day again

ufo, Monday, 2 September 2019 23:47 (one week ago) link

tomorrow... holy terrain featuring @1future.
thank you to my sweet friends @skrillex and @jackantonoff for helping me drive this baby home x pic.twitter.com/QMk06lQ5Md

— FKA twigs (@FKAtwigs) September 8, 2019

"holy terrain" is out tomorrow, co-produced by jack antonoff and skrillex

ufo, Monday, 9 September 2019 09:19 (six days ago) link

Hot Antonoff autumn

Simon H., Monday, 9 September 2019 13:10 (six days ago) link

antonoff is a somewhat surprising choice of collaborator for her since her general aesthetic is pretty far removed from his usual work which tends to be somewhere in the realms of synthpop or singer-songwriter-y stuff

re: arca i think her collaborations with twigs and kelela have been her best work so i'd be happy to hear more collaborations with twigs. her work with bjork has been a bit hit and miss - the beats on vulnicura were fine but nothing special and i really didn't like utopia at all, though that might just be due to bjork's songwriting being at its most meandering on it

ufo, Monday, 9 September 2019 13:26 (six days ago) link

and album is out 25/8!

thousand eyes
home with you
sad day
holy terrain (feat. Future)
mary magdalene
fallen alien
mirrored heart
daybed
cellophane

https://music.apple.com/us/album/magdalene/1477652618

ufo, Monday, 9 September 2019 13:36 (six days ago) link

apparently opn is indeed on it too

ufo, Monday, 9 September 2019 13:40 (six days ago) link

skrillex? this is not what i want.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 06:28 (five days ago) link

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

it's fine but not really the sort of showstopper she's capable of, though the sound design continues to be a step above LP1

the video and general atmosphere of it is pretty reminiscent of madonna's "frozen" even if it doesn't really sound that similar

ufo, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 06:41 (five days ago) link

The sound design on the first album is tremendous wtf?

I think at this stage handwringing over who the producer is is missing the point - it's not easy to distinguish the Arca tracks from the rest on LP1 because we all know Twigs herself is the main creative force behind the production and arrangement choices. The same will go for the new one I'm certain.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 06:51 (five days ago) link

also skrillex is a good producer

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 10:46 (five days ago) link

there's a few bits where LP1's sonic palette doesn't quite cohere for me, especially the drum sounds - "two weeks" is one of the worst for this - but i still like the album a lot, just a minor quibble i have with it

ufo, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 10:57 (five days ago) link

He's a great (actually underrated maybe?) producer, and none of his pop work sounds anything like the EDM brostep that people still think of when they hear 'Skrillex'.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 18:12 (five days ago) link

I posted this in his dedicated thread where it was predictably uncommented on but Skrillex's new single is...good:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9k1ma-WoAQ

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 18:28 (five days ago) link

my guess is the ty dolla $ign thread would be the one that'd get the most interest for that (but it is pretty good!)

ufo, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 19:00 (five days ago) link

the twigs song sounds like tinashe... the future part is pretty useless

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 10 September 2019 22:03 (five days ago) link

Ok these production credits are crazy, really some pop music/Yeezus-style 'call everybody and assemble the best bits' stuff. I guess it's a credit to Twigs that it all sounds of a piece, but I hope there are some more fireworks on the rest of the record given who's involved.

some questions about contributions to holy terrain. the full credits are not online yet but a lot of people worked very hard to make this song what it is - thank you to @Koreless, @SounwaveTDE, @arca1000000, @kennybeats, @poobear, laura sisk @jackantonoff, @Skrillex & @1future <3 pic.twitter.com/2tQSeurkNH

— FKA twigs (@FKAtwigs) September 11, 2019

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 17:42 (four days ago) link

Future is so jarring and unwelcome on this.

Matt DC, Friday, 13 September 2019 12:50 (two days ago) link

I didn't even notice him, tbh

brigadier pudding (DJP), Friday, 13 September 2019 13:32 (two days ago) link

That's quite an achievement.

Matt DC, Friday, 13 September 2019 13:42 (two days ago) link

Hope the rest of the album is better than this single

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Saturday, 14 September 2019 06:48 (yesterday) link


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