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Electronic - Released August 11, 2014 | Young Turks Recordings Ltd

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Electronic - Released November 8, 2019 | Young Turks Recordings

Distinctions Pitchfork: Best New Music
Back to the homeland for FKA twigs, who returned to her native Gloucestershire valleys for this second album “written from the heart”. “When in doubt, I just follow my gut and try to be around nature, go back to the Cotswolds.” Indeed, this is the storyline of the video for Home With You, where the former dancer leaves an overheated club charged with pheromones, and goes to a cottage to rest and recuperate, contrasting the purity of the countryside with the Gomorrah that is London. This introspective time in the singer’s life led her to take an interest in the story of Mary Magdalene, hence the name of the album, notably the way in which the history books have manipulated the story of Jesus’ companion. Musically, FKA twigs stays true to the “post-R&B” style, with her voice remaining the main attraction for an album which features production from Skrillex, Nicolas Jaar and Noah Goldstein (Drake, Teyana Taylor, Bon Iver…) and a feature from rapper Future on Holy Terrain. From her electro chapel, FKA twigs, sounding increasingly Björk-esque, continues to defy the norms of pop music (especially on the deconstructed Fallen Alien, the most experimental track on the album) and sighs into our ears, like a private concert from the confessional. Amen. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
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Electronic - Released August 14, 2015 | Young Turks Recordings Ltd

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Electronic - Released April 24, 2019 | Young Turks Recordings

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Electronic - Released August 11, 2014 | Young Turks Recordings

FKA Twigs' early EPs were such jewel-like statements of purpose, delivering songs full of sensuality and heartache so economically, that an album almost seemed superfluous. None of these songs appear on the simply titled LP 1, a bold move that extends to the rest of the album. On her first full-length, Tahliah Barnett opens up her sound by working with a host of producers: along with previous collaborator Arca, Paul Epworth and Dev Hynes contribute their sound-shaping skills, along with Emile Haynie, whose work on Eminem's Recovery earned him a Grammy. These collaborators help Barnett give LP 1 a lusher sound that's more accessible, and more overtly R&B, than FKA Twigs' earlier work but maintains its ethereal sensuality. It's an approach that shines on the lead single "Two Weeks": the flipside of songs like "Papi Pacify" and "Water Me," pain suffused and sometimes eclipsed desire, it finds Barnett powerfully in control of her sexuality, rooting out doubt and infidelity over the verses' underwater beats and soaring on the ecstatic choruses. The album's other singles are just as charged. The Epworth-produced "Pendulum" amplifies FKA Twigs' bittersweet side beautifully, and when Barnett sings "I dance feelings like they're spoken," it's as intimate as the more overtly autobiographical and anguished "Video Girl," a callback to her time dancing in clips for songs by Ed Sheeran and Jessie J. Here and throughout on LP 1, she excels at broadening her emotional palette as well as her musical one. She glides from the album's lows to its highs, juxtaposing pitch-black tracks like "Numbers," where chopped-up breaths, beats, and horror movie strings channel panic, loss, and anger, with radiant ones like "Closer," the poppiest FKA Twigs song yet (and one that Barnett produced herself). Elsewhere, the spacious, moody "Kicks" and "Lights On" recalls her EPs without rehashing them, reinforcing how seamlessly Barnett made the leap to a grander scope. FKA Twigs' music was already so fully realized that LP 1 can't really be called Barnett coming into her own. Rather, her music has been tended to since the "Water Me" days, and now it's flourishing. ~ Heather Phares
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Electronic - Released December 4, 2012 | Young Turks Recordings

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EP2

Electronic - Released September 17, 2013 | Young Turks

EP2 is technically the first release Tahliah Barnett issued as FKA Twigs -- she changed it from her nickname Twigs after learning of another artist using that moniker -- but it's still another set of haunting, evocative songs. Where much of EP1 was spare and whispery, its successor is downright lush. Acclaimed producer Arca (who also collaborated with Kanye West on Yeezus) helps Barnett build on the budding fullness of EP1 songs like "Breathe," and the the richer sonics enhance EP2's air of mystery. FKA Twigs' kinship with trip-hop is alive and well -- echoes of Tricky, Portishead, and Massive Attack, as well as more contemporary acts like Burial and the xx, resonate through all of these songs -- but Barnett's version is more nimble and abstract. Her beats are as decorative and expressive as they are rhythmic, punctuating and embellishing EP2's emotional complexity. Unlike so many of the artists who followed in the footsteps of trip-hop's pioneers and smoothed the style into attractive surfaces, FKA Twigs leaves it shattered and frayed. Even on "Ultraviolet," the closest EP2 comes to being merely pretty, a woozy sub-bass cuts through the track's delicacy with an ominous depth. If Barnett's music is denser than it was before, her lyrics are even more revealing, and the EP is at its most riveting when she lays her emotions bare. The aching that suffuses her music comes to the fore on "Papi Pacify," which teeters between pleading and demanding, and "Water Me," a strikingly sad, and beautiful, tangle of rejection and self-reliance. Barnett still only has a handful of songs to her name, yet the way she brings together vast spaces and dense sounds, as well as love and pain, makes it a stunning body of work. ~ Heather Phares
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Electronic - Released August 14, 2015 | Young Turks Recordings Ltd

"A glassy-voiced singer refracting melody through diffuse electronic beats, twigs takes the familiar R&B star as her avatar, but her presentation is more complex: her ideas mar beauty and mine power, and exalt sex without exotifying."
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Electronic - Released October 7, 2019 | Young Turks Recordings

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Electronic - Released February 19, 2016 | Young Turks Recordings

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Electronic - Released November 4, 2019 | Young Turks Recordings

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