Raised in Tewkesbury , Gloucestershire , she became a backup dancer after moving to South London when she was 17 years old. She made her musical debut with the extended plays EP1 and EP2 It was later nominated for the Mercury Prize. Tahliah Debrett Barnett  was born in Cheltenham , Gloucestershire and raised in nearby Tewkesbury. Her father is Jamaican , and her mother is an Englishwoman of partly Spanish descent who used to be a dancer and gymnast. She did not meet her father, a jazz dancer, until she was At 16, Barnett started making music in youth clubs.
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In the seven years since, she has made her art into a kind of theatrical multimedia experience, crafting elaborate shows and videos that intertwine and smudge the lines of classicism and the avant-garde. She is astonishing, ambitious, and seemingly good at everything, singing over her own ticker-tape beats, self-directing wildly conceptual videos, and ravenously hoovering up dance disciplines apparently up to and including Chinese sword fighting until she masters them. She imbues voguing and lyrical ballet with such grace and sensuality that the emotion of her music emanates directly from her body. She grapples with survival—psychic and physical survival—the way a woman who lives to move might respond to being laid out by tumors on an organ that facilitates birth. That the album stands alone is not to say the totality of her vision is truncated; twigs has already released three videos to accompany its nine songs. The fact that sorrow spurred a musical growth this formidable, though, is evidence enough that twigs will always find her way back home. Buy: Rough Trade. Pitchfork may earn a commission from purchases made through affiliate links on our site. Skip to content Search query All Results. Pitchfork is the most trusted voice in music.
FKA twigs lives in a real house, in the real world, though this seems hard to believe. She arrived on the scene in , whispering like Tricky , clattering like the xx , romancing like Prince , singing like Kate Bush , yet not actually quite like anyone else. A polymath — she is a beautiful dancer and has directed pop videos and immersive theatre — she works in experimental hinterlands, creating atmospheres rather than singalong stories. For example: the sparse and sad track Cellophane , released in April as the opening single for her new album, was accompanied by a video that featured twigs athletically pole-dancing in a sparkly bikini before being eaten by a lookalike insect, falling into watery depths and being covered in orange mud by caring tortoise creatures. Twigs is about intensity, beauty, sexuality and freakiness.