As anticipation mounts for the release of her second album MAGDALENE on Friday, FKA twigs today reveals more new music from the record. ‘sad day’ is another powerful statement from FKA twigs and one of many highlights from an album that has already garnered huge critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic (including winning ‘Best Alternative Act’ act at last night’s MTV EMAs) and beyond. It follows the release of previous MAGDALENE tracks‘cellophane’, ‘holy terrain (feat. Future)’ and ‘home with you’ and is another enticing example of FKA twigs’ unique, innovative production and songwriting skills.
MAGDALENE is the follow up to FKA twigs’ critically acclaimed Brit Award and Mercury Prize nominated debut LP1 (2014, Young Turks). 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 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”. 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 work to date.
MAGDALENE will be available on CD, digitally and on two vinyl formats, including a limited edition, red-vinyl version. It is available to pre-order now here. The album features artwork from acclaimed artist (and long time FKA twigs collaborator) Matthew Stone.
Meanwhile, FKA twigs made a jaw-dropping first TV appearance of the MAGDALENE campaign last week, performing ‘cellophane’ on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Met with widespread praise, Fallon himself exclaimed “This is really unbelievable what they do tonight, you’ll never see anything like it on TV” while Questlove added “I must say: @FKAtwigs EASILY gave an instant top 10 performance on @FallonTonight -that jawn was MAJESTIC x infinity. PLEASE watch”.