FKA Twigs at The Westway
Last fall, Grimes wrote a blog post about FKA Twigs and how much she liked Papi Pacify. She also said:
it also feels like, explicitly ‘internet’ music. i dont really know how this could be done live, but i really like that about it. i hate thinking when im making something like ‘how am i gonna do this live??’ i mean im sure she’ll find a way and im sure it’ll be awesome but i like how compared to most music happening right now this seems really intentionally about the experience ofthis particular recording of it rather than selling tickets to some future live shows or whatever.
Well, Twigs figured something out out and it was awesome. She was accompanied by three musicians, who – aside from a lone guitar – all worked on various drum pads like this one. For one, this visualized well how much her music evolves around beats. Also, by avoiding having some producer guy hunched over a table full of electronics, she put herself front and center into her music.
She played nine songs, three of them from her EP2. The rest, I don’t know: she has a hang to untitled tracks and I couldn’t get hold of EP1 so far (it’s out there, but I don’t do unauthorized downloads). Some of them are presumably going to her first album, which I hope will be released later this year.
Twigs is a dancer as much as a musician – in fact, she let the audience know, she had been at The Westway before as a dancer and “people talked straight through it”. This time, I doubt anybody in the audience could take their eyes off her: her stage presence is mesmerizing.
After the show, I expected her to vanish into thin air, compliant with her elusive Internet persona, but she stuck around at the bar, had a drink and chatted and posed with fans. I’m sure she’ll be back soon – then in a much bigger venue.