With so much banal “pushbutton pop” clogging up the airwaves, FKA twigs has brought much-needed musical salvation to those who would rather travel to the lofty heights of conceptualization she is generally known to occupy, as opposed to grinning through yet another Gaga track about how heartbreak is, like, a total bummer.
The enigmatic songstress has described her anxiously awaited new album Magdalene (produced by electronic wunderkind Nicolas Jaar) as a ‘Gesamtkunstwerk,’ the 19th Century German term for a “total work of art.” And, well, the title itself would suggest that a scope of Biblical proportions will be marking her first “concept” album (and actually only second full-length release).
Though no release date has yet been set, Ms. twigs has just announced a series of live dates, which, let’s face it, is nothing short of monumental – considering her last real tour was three years ago. She’ll kick things off in Vancouver November 3, stopping in all the usual cities, before wrapping up at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn November 20.
As for Magdalene, she has just revealed to i-D in her first and only (thus far) 2019 interview, “The record is about every lover that I’ve ever had, and every lover that I’m going to have. There’s an absolute defiance and strength in a way that my work’s never had before. I made it at a time when I was in recovery – physically and emotionally – and I think that comes through.”
For our part, we can’t wait to share in all her joys and pains.