Today marks the release of FKA twigs second album MAGDALENE. FKA twigs reveals more new music from the record. ‘sad day’ is another powerful statement from FKA twigs and one of many highlights from an album that has already garnered huge critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic (including winning ‘Best Alternative Act’ act at last night’s MTV EMAs) and beyond (see below). It follows the release of previous MAGDALENE tracks ‘cellophane’, ‘holy terrain (feat. Future)’ and ‘home with you’ and is another enticing example of FKA twigs’ unique, innovative production and songwriting skills.
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SEE FKA TWIGS LIVE AT MAIDA VALE IN A BREATHTAKING PERFORMANCE
MAGDALENE is the follow up to FKA twigs’ critically acclaimed Brit Award and Mercury Prize nominated debut LP1 (2014, Young Turks). Created in a period where her confidence was knocked following heartbreak and laparoscopic surgery, MAGDALENE is the sound of twigs reconfiguring, emotionally and physically. As she sings on ‘Mary Magdalene’, the album track that opened her highly-praised, sold-out live shows earlier in the year, “A woman’s time / A woman’s work / A woman’s time to embrace / She must put herself first”.
MAGDALENE is produced by FKA twigs and, as with LP1, the recording process has been directed by her at every stage. It was recorded between London, New York and Los Angeles over the last three years and, as previously reported, features major contributions from Nicolas Jaar alongside a host of other collaborators. MAGDALENE sees FKA twigs creating a whole new artistic universe and it is, without doubt, her most masterful work to date.
MAGDALENE will be available on CD, digitally and on two vinyl formats, including a limited edition, red-vinyl version. It is available to pre-order now HERE. The album features artwork from acclaimed artist (and long time FKA twigs collaborator) Matthew Stone. Meanwhile, album bundles that include tees, hoodies, bomber jackets, silk scarves, prints and laces are available to pre-order HERE
Meanwhile, FKA twigs made a jaw-dropping first TV appearance of the MAGDALENE campaign last week, performing ‘cellophane’ on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (watch HERE). Met with widespread praise, Fallon himself exclaimed “This is really unbelievable what they do tonight, you’ll never see anything like it on TV” while Questlove added “I must say: @FKAtwigs EASILY gave an instant top 10 performance on @FallonTonight -that jawn was MAJESTIC x infinity. PLEASE watch”.
In addition, this coming Wednesday (6th November), a filmed performance of FKA twigs live at London’s legendary Maida Vale Studios will be broadcast via BBC Radio 1 and the BBC iPlayer, with twigs performing tracks from MAGDALENE.
CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR MAGDALENE
“A masterpiece” – THE SUNDAY TIMES
“The experimental pop shape-shifter is mightier than ever” – PITCHFORK
“A powerful declaration of creative autonomy” – THE WIRE
“The avant-R&B artist is an eccentric visionary on her masterful second album.” – Rolling Stone
“These moments, when boundary-pushing sonics meet Ms. Barnett’s distinctive performance presence, are her specialty, and they deliver a kind of transcendence found nowhere else.” – WALL STREET JOURNAL
“Otherworldly FKA twigs might be, but this is a record of real substance” – Q MAGAZINE
“Fundamentally it’s a heartbreak record: strip away the electronic decoration and underneath is a collection of piano-accompanied melodies to rival anything Adele has written. Where her early work sometimes felt aloof, this is the opposite. From the chamber pop of ’Thousand Eyes’ to warped could-be-Bond theme ‘Fallen Angel’, there’s defiance in each painful note, In tasting despair, Tahliah Barnett has returned 10 times stronger – in spirit and voice” – UNCUT
“Twigs still finds ferocious power in her music, her femininity, and her sexuality. But on MAGDALENE, she tampers that ferocity with a radical sensitivity and vulnerability that indicate a broader maturation in her artistic development.” – THE QUIETUS
FKA twigs MAGDALENE 2019 Tour
FKA twigs recently announced an extensive set of European and North American MAGDALENE tour dates. Originally launched with a run of sold out shows in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, London and Sydney in May, the MAGDALENE live experience weaves a tapestry of sound, performance, costume, pole dancing, Wushu, set design and lighting, and sees FKA twigs cementing herself as one of the most creative and experimental artists, performers, and directors of her generation.
The run of dates will feature FKA twigs’ biggest headline show to date: a hometown show at London’s legendary O2 Academy Brixton on 25th November.
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