Artist of the week: FKA twigs
FKA twigs is the artistic moniker of Tahliah Barnett, a former dancer and gymnast who, after featuring in several music videos of other top artist such as Kylie Minogue or Ed Sheeran, debuted her musical career in late 2012 self-releasing the surprising EP1 on Bandcamp and a video for each of its songs on her YouTube channel. Her slow-motioned, highly detailed and almost painfully sensual take on R&B quickly prompted the interest of the Young Turks label, which released EP2 on September 2013.
What is really impressive when one listens to her two extended plays or watches the dozen of music videos she had released so far is the fact that, even though it is rather easy to pinpoint her main influences (trip-hop, post-dubstep and alt-R&B), she really managed to create something that sounds and looks absolutely unique in today’s overcrowded digital media landscape.
Her first and recently released album, aptly titled LP1, reunites a great set of talented collaborators such as Clams Casino, Devonté Hynes, Paul Epworth, Sampha and visual artist Jesse Kanda to deliver an even more magnetic, impressionist and cohesive set of songs that is nothing short of the genius of other rare pop alien divas such as Björk and Sade.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.