Listen: FKA twigs’ new single ‘Figure 8′
The song will appear on the singer’s upcoming EP.
FKA twigs will follow her breakthrough debut LP1, with a still-untitled EP due later this year. We’ve already heard the first single ‘Glass & Patron’, and today you can hear the new single ‘Figure 8′ which we heard live during her Coachella set. The song premiered today on Zane Lowe’s Beats1 show, where she described it as being inspired by the hand movements in voguing. Hear it below at about 50 seconds in. [via Fact Magazine]
Tahliah Debrett Barnett (born 16 January 1988), known by the stage name FKA twigs, is a British singer, songwriter, producer and dancer. She was born and raised in Gloucestershire, and became a backup dancer after moving to London when she was 17 years old. Barnett first entered the music industry with the release of her extended plays EP1 (2012) and EP2 (2013). Her debut studio album LP1 (2014) peaked at number 16 on the UK Albums Chart and number 30 on the U.S. Billboard 200. Her third extended play, Melissa, was released in 2015.
FKA twigs’s music has been described as “catchy pop” with “whispery vocals”. It has been compared to the work of Tricky as well as the xx and Massive Attack. Her Slatereview pegs her as distinctive in a way that rises above her influences.
The first singers who had an impact on FKA twigs were Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Marvin Gaye. When she started composing songs, she wanted to reproduce music she liked: “every bit of music that I made sounded like a pastiche of Siouxsie and the Banshees or Adam Ant. But through that I discovered myself”. Describing her artistry, she said: “I am not restricted by any musical genre. I like to experiment with sounds, generating emotions while putting my voice on certain atmospheres. […] Younger, I only listened to punk, Siouxsie and the Banshees […] and then I found my own way of playing punk. I like industrial sounds and incorporating everyday life’s sounds like a car alarm.”