Before she got internet-famous by making music on her own, FKA twigs worked as a dancer in other artists’ videos. “Video Girl,” a song from her stunning debut album LP1, is about the feeling of being recognized as “the girl from the video.” Now, things have come full-circle, and she’s made her own video for “Video Girl.” It is nothing like any of the videos she ever danced in. Instead, it’s an unsettling black-and-white short film with big ideas about sex and death and movement. In the clip, twigs stands in an observation room, calmly watching a lethal injection. She also imagines herself into the room with the body, twitching and whirling her way around it. And then there are some fucked-up grainy visions, as well, with twigs covered in metal cyborg jewelry and a dude with a mouthful of blood. Kahlil Joseph directs. It’s a hard video to wrap your mind around, but you can watch it below. [via StereoGum]
Twigs self-released her music debut, EP1 on Bandcamp on 4 December 2012. She posted a video for each song on her YouTube channel. On 1 August 2013, twigs released the video for her first single “Water Me” on YouTube. The video was directed by Jesse Kanda. On 6 August 2013, The Guardian profiled twigs for their “New Band of the Day” feature, describing her as “the UK’s best example to date of ethereal, twisted R&B.”
Twigs’s second extended play, EP2, was released through the Young Turks record label on 10 September 2013. It was produced by twigs and Arca. Pitchfork gave EP2 a rating of 8/10. In December 2013, she was nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2014 prize, and was chosen by Spotify for their Spotlight on 2014 list. Twigs was then featured on Billboard ’s 14 Artists to Watch in 2014.
In April 2014, twigs appeared on the cover of The Fader for its 91st issue. She then directed and starred in the music video for “Ouch Ouch” by rapper Lucki Eck$. She also produced the track. Twigs’s debut album, LP1, was released in August 2014 through Young Turks. Time magazine gave the album a positive review, saying that twigs has “made that transition to one of the most compelling and complex acts in R&B.” On 13 August, twigs announced a world tour starting on 2 October at The Dome in Brighton, England and ending on 3 December in Orlando, Florida at The Social.
On 20 August 2014, FKA twigs posted three videos on her YouTube channel: a video starring London dance crew Wet Wipez, directed and scored by twigs; a remix of the song “Ache” titled “tw-Ache”; and the Lucki Eck$ track “Ouch Ouch”, which was produced by twigs.
Twigs’s album LP1 is one of the nominees for the 2014 Mercury Prize. In September 2014, FKA Twigs performed on BBC’s Later with Jools Holland.