Thursday 13 August 2015

FKA Twigs - M3LL155X (Video)

Over the summer we’ve caught FKA Twigs at two festivals, and whilst they were both superb it was the second of those, a mixture of performance art, ballet, theatre and gig at Glastonbury that will hold long in the memory. The picture above is taken from that performance.

Earlier this month Twigs released Figure 8, a song from her new EP and now she has revealed the whole EP, titled M3LL155X

To accompany the EP Twigs has joined the likes of iamamiwhoami in creating something far more sensational than your hum drum every day standard pop video, with a 16 minute piece that is provoking, compelling, fascinating and inexplicable. It is also totally brilliant – out-there alien pop music and art colliding head on. The first of the four pieces in the video, for Figure 8, has the same sense of creepiness as Chris Cunningham’s finest work (although all were self-directed by Twigs) and from there the films go into deeper, with sequences that include live sex dolls, pregnancy and weird catwalk shows in the forest. The pieces are described as "an aggressive statement conceptualising the process of feeling pregnant with pain, birthing creativity and liberation." 

With this work Twigs shows us all just how important great art of any sort from the leftfield is, for challenge, for thought, for being inspired. Allow a spare half hour for this, you’re going to need to watch it twice in a row.

FKA Twigs - M3LL155X (Video)

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