There’s so much to say (and has already been said) about FKA twigs debut album LP1, but what caught and held my attention is the amount of space on this record; the frequent pauses between words and sentences to exaggerate the depth of every syllable, the beats that seem to linger and drag so long that you hold your breath waiting for the next to drop.
Although I would categorize this music as quiet, it’s anything but relaxing. You’re not putting it on to sit back and chill out. In fact, upon first listen, I watched as Tahliah Barnett’s sultry vocals dismantled my expectations piece by prudish piece. The placement of her expletives alone seem to draw my secret desires out of their shell.
LP1 is packed so full of whispers, evasive innuendo, and longing that I want to examine every curve and crevice of this album. And yet I’m still frustrated, but just as entranced, as Barnett fools me into believing we’re sharing intimate secrets before she slips away — elusive as ever. The distance that continues to emanate from her declarations keeps me captivated.— Lindsay Hood, Wondering Sound
IT IS IN YOUR SELF-INTEREST TO FIND A WAY TO BE VERY TENDER
“That’s when you’re lying naked in bed and they walk out to get a glass of water and you feel like crying because you don’t feel good within yourself.”
"My greatest fear is that a teenage girl will come to our show feeling empty and will hear that song and think “Ok, I’m just going to do that. That might make me feel better.” … Harmony and I are currently trying to change the lyrics so that when I sing, it’s negative. I don’t want to do it. I don’t want to do this. When Harmony sings, “I’m feeling fine,” I’m singing, “I’d rather die.’"
Cleo Tucker: “[Girlpool started because] we wanted to be honest more than anything else. We wanted to make music that people can find empowering. “Being political” — that could be anything. We wanted something that was honest and straightforward. The one word we would use to describe ourselves is “vulnerable.” We both wanted to be super vulnerable, which was something we didn’t see happening a lot [in music]. When your music comes from a sensitive place — that’s what we wanted to explore. Because of the stripped down nature of our music, if one of us messes up, it’s incredibly noticeable. We’re not trying to hide. We’re not trying to be anything other than how we are”.
whats the meaning of life? son, its those little tiny pumpkins. the ones that are mad small. you know the ones i mean.