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“Gabriel Garcia Marquez once remarked that good writers are not always judged by what they say, but often by what they don’t say.” - Hungry Ghosts
 
It seems as if the ‘less is more’ musical trend shows no signs of slowing anytime soon. We have been on a never-ending hunt for the artists x outfits that believe in their music enough to strip EVERYTHING back and re-work from the bottom up. That is where total joy can be found, we are convinced of it…
 
Album Review - FKA Twigs ‘LP1’
Australian post rock outfit Hungry Ghosts are the first name that spring to mind, but other traditional post rock outfits such as Mogwai, but more contemporary champions such as How To Dress Well, Balam Acab and The XX are also go-to purveyors of that sound; a sound rooted in the kind of peaceful tinkerings that dwell just above a silent threshold, where every single guitar string, 808 tap and piano key matters and means something.
 
Big synths and complex drum sequencing are the go-to noises in the current indie-electro-chart scene. Everyone from James Blake to The Weeknd operate within such territories and FKA Twigs is the latest UK artist to really explode while experimenting within such realms. The realms of (for want of a better term) over-indulgent-over-production. We say over-production in the sense that it is no mean feat to produce ‘busy’ music that actually ends up sounding sparse and minimal. It is a mental concept and yet strangely achievable with the right formula and FKA Twigs is without question the most exciting lo-fi UK artist to successfully tame such a simple, yet complex beast.
 
Album Review - FKA Twigs ‘LP1’
One thing that any artist with such lo-fi mindsets simply MUST possess is a stunning vocal range and FKA Twigs has exactly that. She sings STUNNINGLY on every single track on ‘LP1’, never letting her angelic stance whimper off note, moreover, her vocals are laden with a glorious vulnerability in more than just tone. FKA Twigs sings of heartache and loss, love and hate, happiness and insecurity. We hang on every single word as they roll out and fade into the beautiful busy/minimal/overly/underly produced instrumental ether that supports Twigs on each and every track of the project.
 
We must say, it is tricky picking standouts on this album. There are such stunning levels of continuity on display that each track seamlessly merges into the next, however, ‘Pendulum’ really resonates at the midway point and ‘Numbers’ had our jaw dropping at every word. WOW. This album really is a masterful piece of work and is surely an early favourite for 2014’s Mercury Music Prize.
 
To listen in to the online album stream simply click here. FKA Twigs ‘LP1’ is released next week (August 12) on Young Turks.
 
Posted 6th August by Thom
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