Fact: LP1, the debut album of British R&B renegade FKA Twigs, won’t be released until August 12th. Fact: all ten tracks are currently streaming in full via iTunes Radio. Fact: we are not worthy of such a generous gift. Fact: if you haven’t heard of FKA Twigs, a.k.a. former backup dancer Tahliah Barnett, before now, you are excused from this website so that you can immerse yourself in Twigs’ particular brand of codeine-soaked vocals. This is not a drill.
LP1 defies classification — is it human? Robot? Dancer? Are the lyrics coy or creepy? Permissive or aggressive? The album is quiet and yet it echoes, lingering in your body like a ghost. It is ethereal and simultaneously almost too grounded, crawling and skittering and cracking like burdened wood or the bones that gave Twigs her moniker.
Twigs’ music is exciting, alluring enough to goad you to listen but alien enough to ensure you’ll keep your distance. The same can be said for the singer’s style: swaths of gauzy fabric shroud twig’s lithe frame and you think she looks like a character out of a Jim Henson pitch; then, with the pop of a hip, the dress folds back and reveals the bold angularity of a harness cutting across a clavicle. She has definitely upgraded from standing behind Jessie J looking like some Are You Afraid of The Dark version of a doll. In honor of LP1, we looked back at some of our favorite Twigs looks, from her haunting music videos to her live performances to magazine spreads.
No. 1 | "Water Me" Music Video
In just one still FKA twigs expresses exactly who she is and what is about. The bright red lips and the smooth unblemished skin are traditional hallmarks of beauty but something is just a bit…off. There is a reason why the video for "Water Me", twigs' first single, quickly became iconic.
Conventionally that shape and that fabric (we can rattle off about four different Yentas who have used that pattern in their upholstery) just shouldn’t work but twigs looks sexy and powerful.
No. 3 | FKA x inc Music Video
This is the sort of dusty, desert bohemian romance look that Lana del Rey has been trying to pull off for years. We can almost taste the hot sand falling off that white dress.
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We think twigs looks like she could’ve starred in Disney Channel’s 2000 made-for-TV movie, Model Behavior, in the best possible way. She is serving up some Linda Evangelista in the '90s realness.
No. 5 | Pitchfork Music Festival 2014
Maybe we would’ve been more willing to follow through with our sister’s long-standing plan to dress up as Raggedy Anne and Andy for Halloween if our costume looked like this.
If you are going to perform amidst ancient ruins, this is what you wear. The slouchy elegance of the embossed pant paired with the bright white lace makes us think of bullfighters, elaborate Catholic ceremonies, and traditional Spanish clothing. It’s as if all twigs is missing is a mantilla. How interesting that the singer invokes the aesthetic of the conquerors.
Maybe we like this outfit so much because it reminds us of TLC's silky pajamas in “Creep,” the ultimate in casually seductive apparel.
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How do you reinvigorate the classic bombshell red dress? By making it in fishnet. Twigs is like a hip hop mermaid but make no mistake: she’s both Ariel and Ursula.
No. 9 | Primavera Sound 2014
A see-through track suit? We bet Aaliyah would’ve ordered one in every color of the rainbow.
No. 10 | "Two Weeks" Music Video
Who can argue against an empress?