Who is FKA Twigs you may ask? Well, she’s one of the hottest prospects on the block right now and she’s managed to gather a real buzz about her. With humble beginnings appearing as a dancer in music videos like Jessie J’s Do It Like A Dude, she’s now here with a solo project entitled LP1. It’s hard to categorise what type of music FKA Twigs actually makes, it could be classed as trip-hop, as R&B, maybe pop or electronic, and also on occasions dipping into house.
Right off the bat- what a voice she has. This results in an album so effortless and symphonic that it drifts by like a hazy mist of sound. In almost a hypnotic sense you can put LP1 on and almost forget it’s on, it’s emotionally fragile, delicately constructed and really epitomises her character. The album opens with a post-dubstep feel to it, sewn together with various harmonisations from Twigs, it really does give a good flavour with what to expect from LP1- you’re not sure where it might take you, you’re not sure if you like it yet, but you want to hear more.
One of the two lead singles- Pendulum, is one of the best tracks on the album, one that you expect to pop out of the speakers. It’s gagging for a heavy, sudden introduction of bass or some sort of crescendo, but it never comes, instead we have an ever-progressive drum machine with only Twigs’ voice to accompany it, occasionally we hear probes of unexpected instruments such as the occasional synth, which works in a way that I’m not even sure I fully understand. Following track Video Girl, is also a highlight, one that has more of a melodic feel to it, for people who are unconvinced by Twigs’ sound might want to sample Video Girl in order to see what she’s all about.
It’s difficult to make comparisons like I do in my other reviews- FKA Twigs is as experimental and daring as modern music gets in my opinion. Sometimes she sounds like Mariah Carey, such as on Numbers, we hear elements that have made London Grammar or maybe HAIM so popular on Give Up, but ultimately her voice, not to mention her production, is like no other. The interesting thing about FKA Twigs is that when you feel you have something to grasp onto, she alters her vocals and production to take the song in another direction. LP1 was both an interesting yet confusing listen, I’m not entirely sure what I think about it- it’s either a masterpiece or a ‘wtf was that?’ Just give LP1 a listen.
Verdict – WWWV