‘LP1’ is, as you might have inferred from the title, the debut album from FKA twigs. Coming off the back of some game-changing EPs, this ten-track affair is another set of spectral electronic art-pop from the singer/songwriter/producer/dancer. Tracks like ‘Two Weeks’ are breathtakingly forthright, joining the dots between Kate Bush and Arca, while ‘Pendulum’ and ‘Kicks’ drive traditional balladry into the future.
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When I was picking up this CD of progressive electronic pop by FKA from Norman Towers, Clint explained to me that it was kind of like Grimes or Bjork. "I thought it sounded like Beyonce," contributed Phil. Nothing against Mrs Z but I'm relieved to report that I'm leaning much more towards Clint's side of things, With Ms Twigs approaching her slinky r'n'b pop from a far darker, more obtuse angle than either Knowles sister would dare.
Over the course of 'LP 1' she veers from gritty and sexualised r'n'b like Nicki Minaj meets Grimes to Lamb-ish experimental pop with woozy modern production touches that bring to mind the sinister economy of Odd Future and the smudged nostalgic futurism of Flying Lotus. There's no denying that FKA's got some pipes on her when called for, but vocal acrobatics are used sparingly and she mostly sticks to a sultry whispery croon over weightless twitch'n'drone beats.
I'm finding 'Hours' particularly effective, oozing along in a smoky, hesitant shimmer of wavering electronics and stop-start beats, but the whole album is pretty strong and there are no obvious missteps. Confident, wonky and sensual future r'n'b.
9/10 Kit Skailes 13th April 2015
I'm getting a little bored of the constant need to compare female artists to other female artists... sorry to whoever reviewed this for the website! However, they're pretty on the money with the Grimes/Lamb idea.
FKA is an ethereal goddess and her music sounds the same. I definitely wouldn't call it R&B and she's spoken about hating that label, she thinks her voice sounds choral, which I'd agree with!
This record flows pretty well, it's obvious that Two Weeks is the more commercial song, but it's still great. Her lyrics tend to be haunting and sexual at the same time, not unlike Purity Ring if that's your vibe.
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