FKA twigs Pendulum

FKA twigs mangles new sounds on the soulful “Pendulum”

The future soul artist dips into the past and comes up even more new.

- Jul 30, 2014

FKA twigs has named "Pendulum" her favourite track off her debut album LP1, and it's not difficult to hear why: it exposes her range, and with remarkable nimbleness. Her entrancing alt-soul is still there — you might recognize the haunted rattlings from "Water Me," another song that seemed to dwell on the effects of time. But on "Pendulum," her voice is not swamped in effects, and there's even cushions of piano and muted funk guitar over the skittering and swelling of the drum machines. It's close to the reverential moments of Jessie Ware and Blood Orange, though FKA twigs may be even more comfortable at using her sources as navigational tools rather than goalposts, as landmarks for exploring her own sound.

FKA twigs's new album LP1 is out August 12 via Young Turks; pre-order it here.

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