Last week, English art&b enigma FKA twigs released her much-feted debut album, LP1. Born to a Spanish mother and a father of Jamaican heritage, and raised in the large Jamaican expat community of Gloucestershire, the artist also known as Tahliah Barnett is a backup dancer turned singer/fashion cipher/abstract electronic producer praised by everyone from Pitchfork to the New York Times for her “monumental debut,” which makes ephemeral dance music “halt and burn into the sense memories and become permanent.” In an underwhelming year for innovative albums, her weirdly elongated neck helps her rise above the pack.
Yet there’s a curious moment on the album’s lead single, “Two Weeks,” that has little to do with the subversive, mysterious, visually disquieting aura she’s carefully cultivated. For most of the song, Barnett entwines her breathless mewls of desire with drum programming that skitters away from a tactile beat. It’s an exercise in delayed gratification. But near the three-minute mark, as she utters the wanton line “Smoke on your skin to get those pretty eyes rolling / My thighs are apart for when you’re ready to breathe in,” her voice follows the melodic contours of Air Supply’s inescapable 1980 soft-pop schlocker “All Out of Love.” Read more