You’re in a dark club, drenched in sweat and filled with adrenaline invoked by the previous act, who’s now leaving the stage. Glass begins to shatter around the room, and the fragments fly through the air towards you. You cover your face, but peak through your hands when you don’t feel anything. The shards form a shell surrounding you, and after a long while, the glass falls to the floor. An ancient temple stands before you, and you hear singing . . .
Who else felt themselves aching for something to hold us over until the follow-up to the marvelous LP1? I know I did, so I find myself elated upon this release. M3LL155X is the newest musical offering from British singer/songwriter/producer/dancer FKA twigs, an artist that’s crafted an already-remarkable discography in the few short years she’s been creating music. This new EP expands that catalog in some strangely captivating ways.
Twigs possesses an unerring, glassy voice that shimmers through all the cavernous, machine-like electronic instrumentation that fills this brief, five-song endeavor. However, rather than obfuscating her singing in the shimmery, aqueous tones of previous releases, she prowls with confidence and projects her vocals with a distinct element of power. A full-length record that sounds like this would be an unstoppable force.
The melodies, progressions, and song formats that inhabit these pieces of music are some of the most alluring that twigs has conceived thus far, but her lyrics have also received a potent enhancement. She delves into the disfigurement of beauty, the exaltation of sex, and deep vulnerability. If there exists a role model for pop star feminism, twigs is it. If you’re seeking cavernous, experimental r&b, this album is for you.
– stasi (@stasisphere)