Where has THIS come from? It is the most wonderful cd I've heard in so long. Inventive. Evocative. Melodic,rhythmic, and unbelievably sexy.
There's one track I don't like as much as the others. Numbers. And this might change. But at the moment, it sounds the least extraordinary. As for the others, they are all ten-star favourites already.
Influences, there are a few, from the Kate Bush inflected Two Weeks, to the James Blake wash and stutter of Pendulum, to the Weeknd-infused Give Up. But FKA Twigs is exploring areas of music imo better than anyone else around at the moment.
Hours and Closer are smooth and personal, her pure voice swooping and diving over electronic beeps, thumps, crackles and little throwaway snatches of melody that could all turn into songs in their own right. Preface is a superb opener, fragile harmonies building to a mesmeric march. Then Lights On - 'When I trust you, we can do it with the lights on' - impossible to keep still to. And Video Girl, a masterclass in how to turn a pop song into something very very special.
And then there's the final track, Kicks, which is just so intimate. 'When I'm alone, I don't need you. I love my touch...'
I bought two other cds the day I got this. Sadly, neither St Vincent nor Tuneyards have had much of a look in. Just cannot stop playing Lp1.