Tahliah Barnett - Formerly Known As Twigs
Born the same day as Aaliyah and Sade, FKA Twigs is a London-based producer, singer, songwriter, video director, classically trained ballerina, and choreographer.
Her exquisite taste comes through in everything she does; video, dance, melody, lyric. Every image carefully and artfully conceived. A mistress of symbolism and space, sonically her music is a combination of a rare Prince b-side fused with the sensuality of an Aaliyah r&b breakdown.
But she's different than that description. It's actually something more artsy and more enigmatic than that going on. Perhaps it's found in "the space between."
FKA Twigs owns "the space between".
Her haunting of us takes us into the silence. The slow, seductive pace of some of her songs leaves us yearning for more. It's what isn't said or heard that is the genius. I can't put my finger on it, because it isn't there...and that's what makes it pure gold.
Her lyrics are sumptuous and feminine delivered with her usual air of loneliness and lust as tasteful re-verb is sprinkled over an eclectic mix of sounds and timbres to surround and gently guide her.
A beauty and a songstress, she never fails to surprise or beguile.
- James Clark with Kayla Manor