"Yellow Bird" from The Madness Vase
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
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