FKA twigs Explains Her Rejection of Beauty Industry Standards
Published Aug 14, 2014Over the last few years, FKA twigs has been attracting listeners with her experimental brand of pop R&B, but the UK artist has also made a habit of drawing eyes with surreal visuals, including mutating 3D body diagrams and a terrifying turn as a tear-secreting bobble head. However, with the rapid influx of music video-centered albums, twigs is adamant that the visuals for her debut effort, the newly released LP1, will continue to be more than sex-addled beauty shots.
"I feel like there are a lot of music videos now and it's gotten to the point where it's all focused on looking beautiful," twigs tells Exclaim!
Currently in the midst of finishing the final edits for an upcoming video of LP1 track "Pendulum," twigs — who is mum on details about the video — believes that today's current crop of videos all seem to lack one thing: feelings.
"I'm more interested in feelings than tits or ass.... I directed a video the other day for ['Pendulum'] and we were doing takes and it was really complicated because I'm in the video, so I had to be filmed by someone else and then stop and watch it back on the monitor.
"I said [to the cameraman], 'You're shooting me in a way that's only appealing from a man's point of view.' Like men can find something sexy and women can also find something else sexy in a different way. [In my videos], there has to be a kind of feeling [that all people can relate to]. I like creating an atmosphere and helping people discover how I feel about that song. I just cater music to my fantasy."
LP1 is available now through Young Turks, and as previously reported, she will be taking the album out on a world tour, which includes a subtantial North American leg. You can see all the stops below.
08/12 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
08/13 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
08/29-31 Stradbally, Ireland - Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival
10/02 Brighton, England - The Dome
10/03 Birmingham, England - The Library
10/04 Manchester, England - RNCM Theatre
10/06 Glasgow, Scotland - Oran Mor
10/08 London, England - Hackney Empire
10/09 Bristol, England - Trinity
10/14 Paris, France - La Maroquinerie
10/15 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
10/16 Brussels, Belgium - Ab Box
10/17 Cologne, Germany - Bürgerhaus Stollwerck
10/19 Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
10/20 Hamburg, Germany - Mojo
10/21 Berlin, Germany - Kesselhaus
10/22 Warsaw, Poland - Basen
11/06 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11/07 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11/08 New York, NY - Terminal 5
11/11 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
11/13 Chicago, IL - Metro
11/14 Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line
11/17 Vancouver, BC - Commodore
11/18 Seattle, WA - Showbox
11/20 San Francisco, CA - Regency
11/21 Los Angeles, CA - Regent
11/26 Austin, TX - Parish
11/28 Dallas, TX - Trees
11/29 New Orleans, LA - Republic
12/01 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
12/02 Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
12/03 Orlando, FL - The Social