FKA Twigs Just Casually Dropped One Of The Best Music Videos Of The Year So Far
Her new single 'Cellophane' is accompanied by footage of pole dancing, melting robots, and alien landscapes.
It’s been a hot minute since we last heard from FKA Twigs, AKA Tahliah Debrett Barnett.
The last full-length project we got from Twigs was LP1, way back in 2014 — a collection of paranoid ballads, best described as the perfect midpoint between the nervy futurism of William Gibson and the thoughtful, mature songwriting of Kate Bush. Although of course, such a description can only do her so much justice; to be honest, FKA Twigs has never sounded like anybody but herself.
Since then, FKA Twigs has popped up in the news occasionally — most notably thanks to her engagement to Twilight star Robert Pattinson — but has otherwise kept pretty quiet.
Well, that silence officially ends today: FKA Twigs has released a new song, ‘Cellophane’, and an accompanying video clip. And holy heck, both are absolutely brilliant.
The song sees the performer go back to the very basics, stripping things down and letting her voice and her gentle piano work do much of the heavy lifting. It’s a stark contrast to some of the more jittery work on LP1, but it’s still recognisably Twigs.
The video, on the other hand, is one of the most bizzare, beautiful clips that the artist has yet dropped. Beginning with a pole dance routine, ending up as a mess of disentegrating robots and alien landscapes, it’s one of the most distinctive and usual visual offerings of the year so far.
No album has formally been announced yet, but it’d be pretty weird if this sudden deluge of material was to stop soon. Particularly given that Twigs has already booked in a string of dates, including performances in L.A., Berlin, London and yes, even Australia — she’ll perform an intimate gig at Carriageworks on June 9, and at Tasmania’s world famous Dark Mofo on June 14. Maybe there’ll be a record out by then.