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Annnd new interview

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:

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

I'm kind of floored by this tbh

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:02 (five years ago) link

The album is a big blur, but it's great.

Herbie Handcock (Murgatroid), Wednesday, 30 July 2014 18:15 (five years ago) link

This is a much more convincing artistic statement for me than the tracks I heard from the EPs without being substantially different; I don't know what is happening here that wasn't on the EPs but more of that, plz

Star Gentle Uterus (DJP), Wednesday, 6 August 2014 01:51 (five years ago) link

For damn sure. It's a treat and works so damn well on a summer evening.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 6 August 2014 01:55 (five years ago) link

I've basically gone from thinking she was wildly overrated to being like...why are there not 1,000 new answers in this thread right now?

My favourite album from this year so far, I think.

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Wednesday, 6 August 2014 03:05 (five years ago) link

am I the only 1 who reads this as "fucka twigs" in my mind?

DERE is no DERE DERE (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 6 August 2014 21:25 (five years ago) link

Whoah on my first listen and this is super great. Portishead springs to mind + destiny's child or something I dunno but I like this a lot. I'm sure I heard the last EP but it didn't make much impression on me.

DISMISSED AS CHANCE (NotEnough), Wednesday, 6 August 2014 21:51 (five years ago) link

i guess i'm waiting to download the official version but based on the two singles this will be one of my fav albums of the year for sure

festival culture (Jordan), Wednesday, 6 August 2014 22:00 (five years ago) link

live at maida vale -

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 6 August 2014 22:03 (five years ago) link

apologies for tedious interview that precedes it

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 6 August 2014 22:38 (five years ago) link

set starts at 4:49

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 6 August 2014 22:39 (five years ago) link

ugh zane lowe is the worst

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Wednesday, 6 August 2014 23:36 (five years ago) link

am I the only 1 who reads this as "fucka twigs" in my mind?

― DERE is no DERE DERE (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, August 6, 2014 5:25 PM (2 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink


katherine, Thursday, 7 August 2014 00:11 (five years ago) link

pendulum is quite good but i can't shake the feeling that i'm missing something in my core that allows me to get excited about this artist's work. as with kelela and SZA, i am impressed and enjoy the songs but i couldn't remember anything enough to hum them to save my life.

^^^ exactly how i felt about twigs before this album.

Kelela and twigs I think have far more focussed and refined aesthetics than SZA who I feel like is figuring herself out still - the album was sort of all over the place with a couple of gems. ("Julia", mostly).

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Thursday, 7 August 2014 06:45 (five years ago) link

I listened with fairly low expectations and this is really, really good, hairs-on-back-of-neck good in places.

All the "it's really about the producer" stuff upthread is revealed as cobblers by this point. With all the names knocking around - Arca, Dev Hynes, Paul Epworth, maybe Clams Casino - it's remarkably consistent in sound and aesthetic leaving you in little doubt that the person who's actually driving things is her. As opposed to other hyped new artists where the debut sounds like a bet-hedging grab-bag of different approaches.

And so many of these tracks SOUND fantastic, like pop songs stretched out until their component parts are miles apart, and then making maximum use of that space. I'm trying to work out why I find this all so affecting, she doesn't have a particularly great voice or what you'd call presence (other than in a kind of airy seductive ghost way) but her voice ties everything together perfectly, you can't imagine this working without her.

Matt DC, Thursday, 7 August 2014 11:29 (five years ago) link

Terrible fucking name by the way.

Matt DC, Thursday, 7 August 2014 11:32 (five years ago) link

I don't like the name either but I liked her explanation when I interviewed her: "I like the masculine letters. It sounds like a boy’s computer game. A sergeant has to save people. FKA twigs on a mission! FKA twigs do you read me? Copy that!" Then she started moving her arms like a game character running. She's quite odd.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Thursday, 7 August 2014 12:54 (five years ago) link

The record is wonderful. At first I thought it was all just a beautiful blur but then I started listening to tracks in isolation and the different strengths and idiosyncracies come out. Two Weeks is one of my songs of the year.

Re-Make/Re-Model, Thursday, 7 August 2014 12:56 (five years ago) link

Yeah it all seems kind of samey but then you pay attention and start to realise how much each track changes as it goes along, all these evolving shapes and sounds in the background.

Hate the first 15 seconds of Lights On though. Maybe they had the Pitchfork audience in mind and decided to include a rythmically inept guitar figure right at the beginning just to reassure them.

Matt DC, Thursday, 7 August 2014 13:13 (five years ago) link

i love all kinds of sounds i could never hum to save my life

°ㅇ๐ْ ° (gr8080), Thursday, 7 August 2014 13:37 (five years ago) link

With all the names knocking around - Arca, Dev Hynes, Paul Epworth, maybe Clams Casino - it's remarkably consistent in sound and aesthetic leaving you in little doubt that the person who's actually driving things is her.

sounds like she produced a lot of it herself as well?

festival culture (Jordan), Thursday, 7 August 2014 13:38 (five years ago) link

Yeah I think so.

Matt DC, Thursday, 7 August 2014 13:51 (five years ago) link

i love all kinds of sounds i could never hum to save my life
― °ㅇ๐ْ ° (gr8080)

yeah, of course; that's hardly anything more that shorthand for "she's not yet done anything memorable enough for me to have a clear picture in my head of what she does". Pendulum is coming close. I'm curious to listen to the album to see if it opens up.
And the SZA / Kelela comparisons are because even after multiple listens I can't remember a song they do. The style of the music for fkat seems closer to, I dunno, Frank Ocean maybe in its lushness and devotion to production and FEELINGS over melody

loving this. earnestly looking forward to lex explaining why we're listening to the wrong thing

Simon H., Friday, 8 August 2014 03:56 (five years ago) link

I'm actually having quite a lot of trouble hearing this as an R&B album in any way, obviously there is loads of R&B influence in there but a lot of the time the melodies just don't feel like R&B melodies, there's this odd kind of English folkishness to some of the vocal lines. It's a weird blend but she makes it work.

Matt DC, Friday, 8 August 2014 08:41 (five years ago) link

I don't think it really has any pretensions of being "an R&B album", so to speak - it's much closer to Homogenic than Aaliyah.

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Friday, 8 August 2014 12:58 (five years ago) link

Yeah, I'd be wary of falling into the Santigold trap here

Star Gentle Uterus (DJP), Friday, 8 August 2014 13:02 (five years ago) link

i found myself humming the vocal melody to 'pendulum' in the shower this morning tbh

"When I first released music and no one knew what I looked like, I would read comments like: 'I've never heard anything like this before, it's not in a genre.' And then my picture came out six months later, now she's an R&B singer.. "

piscesx, Saturday, 9 August 2014 17:12 (five years ago) link


Johnny Fever, Saturday, 9 August 2014 17:20 (five years ago) link

Interesting that that quote appears in an article that also contains "Her hands wave violently around wisps of Afro that have escaped her do," and "Growing up in Gloucester as the only mixed-race girl in her Catholic school, a natural rhythm propelled her to childhood classes and through to an eventual career throwing shapes for pop stars".

Star Gentle Uterus (DJP), Saturday, 9 August 2014 19:10 (five years ago) link

Ugh son

The Reverend, Saturday, 9 August 2014 19:44 (five years ago) link

Never saw it as an R&B album, or R&B artist for that matter. Lights Out and Kicks are my highlights so far.

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 9 August 2014 23:12 (five years ago) link

Actually I've had Kicks on repeat for a while now.

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 9 August 2014 23:13 (five years ago) link

i don't think i'd call this r&b but it's not so far out of that lane... it's sorta ambient slow jammy shit. detwangified mazzy star with more weed and a bulletproof soul.

listened to what i could find on US spotify on the way in to work tonight: two recent singles & EP2. i'd watched the "two weeks" & "water me" videos a little while back, spun EP2 at some point earlier this year, but tbh, nothing had stuck so clearly in my mind as the associated images of twigs herself (LP1 art has to be in the running for album cover of the year).

turns out, given some time, volume & attention, that "two weeks" is magnificent. not quite catchy enough for mainstream pop (is it?), but fascinating lyrics, voice & production. played it three or four times in a row and am looking forward to rest of the album. can understand the peter gabriel comparisons in relation to "pendulum" and some of the EP stuff, obv bridge point being "don't give up", maybe the so era in general. not the sort of thing i'd probably ever hear absent the attention hereabouts, so, as usual, thx, ILX.

Adding ease. Adding wonder. Adding (contenderizer), Sunday, 10 August 2014 04:43 (five years ago) link

"two weeks" is magnificent. not quite catchy enough for mainstream pop (is it?)

it's currently on Radio 1's A-list

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 10 August 2014 18:55 (five years ago) link

I can't wait to see the "Kicks" video.

Herbie Handcock (Murgatroid), Tuesday, 12 August 2014 04:14 (five years ago) link

just glancing through the beginning of this thread and lolled at this:

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

Star Gentle Uterus (DJP), Tuesday, 12 August 2014 13:50 (five years ago) link

the best song on this album features production from paul epworth which is surprising considering the roster

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Tuesday, 12 August 2014 13:57 (five years ago) link

a natural rhythm

StillAdvance, Tuesday, 12 August 2014 14:17 (five years ago) link

I think I like it precisely because it’s quite different and “naked” to mostly everything else she has recorded, it’s very revelatory of her actual talent as a singer. I didn’t doubt she could sing before but I wasn’t too sure I’d love hearing her do a piano ballad. It’s not much but she also sprinkles some subtle, atmospheric touches and some well placed glitch effects in there.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 20:17 (four months ago) link

no slappers on this record but it's still p good

davey, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 20:34 (four months ago) link

I was kind of half-hearted about attending her Boston show next week but with this album + her newer greater live voice I'm suddenly very excited.

Turangalila, Friday, 15 November 2019 17:35 (four months ago) link

She's never particularly registered to me before this -- the only thing I ever went back to was the Melissa EP -- but I really like this album. Lush and melodic, super Kate Bush-y in places. "Fallen Alien" is great both on its own and also as a sort of one-song reduction of the entire Hounds of Love album.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Monday, 18 November 2019 19:35 (four months ago) link

Digging aspects of Magdalene - the shameless Red Shoes-ness of it all! She's such a cheesy weirdo and I love her for it. (This is not a diss because I adore the pre-chorus vocal harmonies on "Mary Magdalene" a lot but *that triumphant chorus* belongs in a 1990s Disney film; can't you picture, idk, Pocahontas screaming it on a mountain top?)

The Boston show was insane in every possible way, haha. Five mins. before scheduled start time the exit doors opened, the fire alarm went off, everyone in the building was evacuated and a battle ensued between the very aggressive venue staff (v. much hilariousy in screamy character for Boston) and all the indignant gays in town. She must have been so freaked out, but she was fantastic. She was really gracious despite her post-concert tiredness and signed my hoodie. :3

Turangalila, Thursday, 28 November 2019 14:02 (four months ago) link

That's great, awesome photo! :)

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 28 November 2019 14:41 (four months ago) link

People on twitter saying that she cancelled last night's concert in Zurich at the last minute because ticket sales were low and she didn't want to play in front of a small audience.

van dyke parks generator (anagram), Friday, 29 November 2019 10:22 (four months ago) link

Can't wash that hoodie now!

octobeard, Friday, 29 November 2019 18:21 (four months ago) link

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