FKA twigs today reveals her new EP on Young Turks. Titled M3LL155X, the EP features five songs, four of which – “Figure 8”, “I’m Your Doll”, “In Time”, “Glass & Patron” – are accompanied by a video directed by FKA twigs. The four film pieces come together to form a single continuous FKA twigs-directed work, cementing who she is as an artist with an aggressive statement conceptualising the process of feeling pregnant with pain, birthing creativity and liberation.
M3LL155X is a continuation of the holistic creative process FKA twigs has undertaken on each of her previous EP releases (‘EP1′ and ‘EP2′), with videos forming an integral part of the release. However, M3LL155X is more ambitious than ever and, in terms of concept, scope and execution, is undoubtedly FKA twigs’ most complete work to date.
M3LL155X EP tracklist:
1. Figure 8
2. I’m Your Doll
3. In Time
4. Glass & Patron
FKA twigs fans will be familiar with “Glass & Patron”, released as a YouTube Music Awards winning video earlier in the year and has since been viewed over 4 million times. Meanwhile “Figure 8” – which features visual icon Michèle Lamy cast in the accompanying video – was recently premiered via Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show. “I’m Your Doll” sees FKA twigs reclaiming misguided words she first wrote as a teenage girl and re-contextualising them as a woman. And “In Time” – premiered as Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record In The World’ on Radio 1 this evening – is one of FKA twigs’ most direct pieces to date.
Made with both new collaborator BOOTS and longer-term collaborators tic and Cy An, the bulk of the EP came from a spontaneous creative period only a couple of months after the release of FKA twigs debut album LP1, when twigs was in New York between tours. Having met by chance, twigs and BOOTS immediately started work, pushing each other to explore new territory and recording the bulk of the EP in just a few days.
The M3LL155X EP is available to stream and download immediately, and will be available on 12” vinyl. For the EP artwork, FKA twigs revisits a creative partnership with one of her early collaborators – the artist Matthew Stone, who photographedtwigs’ first ever magazine cover.
In recent months FKA twigs has wowed fans and critics alike with a series of stunning live performances. Earlier this year she debuted her Congregata show – a spectacular combination of music, dance, performance that was met with widespread acclaim during a run of sold out shows in both London and New York. Then, following a much talked-about performance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival (which led The Guardian to describe her as “simply the most adventurous popstar working today”), twigs decamped to Manchester in July to begin a residency at the 2015 Manchester International Festival. The residency saw FKA twigsinviting fans into rehearsals to witness the real time creation of a brand new dance and music-based performance piece, titled Soundtrack 7, which was ultimately performed in full during a series of sold out performances (Inside Soundtrack 7, an online record of the creative process is available to view HERE)
FKA twigs has a handful of remaining live performances in 2015, including a UK show at Bestival. The full dates are:
August 23 FYF Festival 2015, Los Angeles CA, USA
September 4-6 Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Ireland
September 11 Bestival, Isle Of White, UK