Created in a period where her confidence was knocked following heartbreak and laparoscopic surgery, MAGDALENE is the sound of twigs reconfiguring, emotionally and physically. As she sings on ‘Mary Magdalene’, the MAGDALENE album track that opened her highly-praised, sold-out live shows earlier in the year, “A woman’s time / A woman’s work / A woman’s time to embrace / She must put herself first”.
“I never thought heartbreak could be so all-encompassing. I never thought that my body could stop working to the point that I couldn’t express myself physically in the ways that I have always loved and found so much solace. I have always practiced my way into being the best I could be, but I couldn’t do that this time, I was left with no option but to tear every process down. But the process of making this album has allowed me for the first time, and in the most real way, to find compassion when I have been at my most ungraceful, confused and fractured. I stopped judging myself and at that moment found hope in ‘Magdalene’. To her I am forever grateful” – FKA twigs, September 2019
MAGDALENE is produced by FKA twigs and, as with LP1, the recording process has been directed by her at every stage. It was recorded between London, New York and Los Angeles over the last three years and, as previously reported, features major contributions from Nicolas Jaar alongside a host of other collaborators. MAGDALENE sees FKA twigs creating a whole new artistic universe and it is, without doubt, her most masterful, innovative work to date.
To coincide with the MAGDALENE news, FKA twigs just released a new singlet itled ‘holy terrain’, it features Atlanta superstar Future alongside production from F x and Jack Antonoff. Continuing a run of past and forthcoming rap collaborations, it’s set to build on the huge global success of her appearance on A$AP Rocky’s ‘Fukk Sleep’ (from his 2018 Testing album); a track for which she co-directed the music video, amassing over 16 million views to date. ‘holy terrain ft. Future’ is the second track to be lifted from the album, following lead track ‘cellophane’ earlier this year, and is another seductive glimpse of what fans can expect from MAGDALENE.
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