Title - 'Magdalene'
Artist - FKA Twigs
Tahliah Debrett Barnett, known professionally as FKA twigs, is an English singer and songwriter raised in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England.
She became a backup dancer after moving to South London when she was 17 years old and made her musical debut with the extended plays EP1 (2012) and EP2 (2013).
Her debut studio album, LP1, was released in August 2014 to critical acclaim, peaking at #16 on the UK Albums Chart and #30 on the US Billboard 200 (it was later nominated for the 2014 Mercury Prize).
She released the M3LL155X EP in 2015 to further critical praise and subsequently, her work has been described as "genre-bending", drawing on various genres including electronic music, trip hop, R&B, and avant-garde.
The follow up to FKA twigs’ critically acclaimed Brit Award and Mercury Prize nominated debut LP1 (which was also regarded as one of the best albums of 2014), Magdalene is out November 8th, 2019 (via Young Turks, once again).
Inclusive of Top 40 rapper Future, who appears on the album’s second single 'Holy Terrain,' continuing a run of rap collaborations including an appearance on A$AP Rocky’s Testing album.
1. 'Thousand Eyes'
2. 'Home With You'
3. 'Sad Day'
4. 'Holy Terrain' [Explicit]
5. 'Mary Magdalene'
6. 'Fallen Alien'
7. 'Mirrored Heart'
On an album where almost every track is built upon a base piano line, each one gradually adding to the musical impressions and expressions that FKA twigs wishes us to behold, its easy to quickly sense that you are in the presence of something ravishingly exquisite here.
At times Tori Amos and a young Kate Bush, but yet at all times still her unique self, tracks such as the lush album closer 'Cellopane' stand out to me, but it's when she loses herself within a song - such as 'Holy Terrain' [Explicit] featuring Future - that you know this recording is one of her most accomplished and, one imagines, self-pleasing to date.
Which runs alongside the opposing, underlying theme here of a woman brought to her knees, exhausted and shattered with and by life. She has had enough of the prying eyes from both public and personal quarters, is sick and tired of failed personal and public relationships, and yet is still standing (somewhat) strong.
Tracks such as the rhythmical title cut 'Mary Magdalene' and the impressively cultured 'Fallen Alien' showcase how she can turn the direction she is headed in on a dime, shapeshifting both the melody and the narrative in such a way that her voice takes on a whole new level of magical expression.
Another great track is the cinemascope ballad 'Sad Day,' where she pushes all known boundaries of what we've come to know of her music, once again refusing to conform to traditional arrangements.
In short, FKA twigs' music is unpredictable, always sonic, and without a shadow of a doubt, luxuriously expressive, soulful and full of pathways that explore regions both known and once-unknown.
Whether she tinges her vocal approach with choral or operatic stylings, or delves into a breezy layer of digital manipulation, or is just tuned into her bare, stripped and raw and emotive vocal, everything here on Magdalene is as incredible as you could have ever hoped it would be.
FKA twigs will tour the US in November with a theatrical performance that debuted in May to universal acclaim as well as several major festivals (Afropunk Brooklyn and Atlanta, Flog Gnaw) and has already undergone a Press campaign that includes: September i-D cover, multi-page feature in Vogue October issue, television appearances and more.
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