It has been five years since FKA twigs released LP1 — the critically acclaimed record that drew attention to the singer-songwriter, dancer, and creator. Now, at last, we have a taste of the next full-length project from London’s genre-defier and apparent aerialist extraordinaire.
FKA twigs knew when she wrote “Cellophane” with Jeff Kleinman and Michael Uzowuru that she was going to have to learn to pole dance to bring the narrative she envisioned to life. The accompanying music video — directed by Andrew Thomas Huang — starts with a golden performance on a grand stage and ends up splitting the sky open and inviting new worlds.
The song could be seen as a shift — though to say shift implies that there was ever a stasis. If anything, FKA twigs is back to evading easy classification and making music that compels. This track brings the insecurities of love to life in slow, drawn-out notes and a simple background melody. All together, the track is pure originality and seemingly minimal, but listen closer and you hear the depths.