On Aug. 3, FKA twigs debuted the dark “Figure 8” off her upcoming EP. The scratchy, drawn-out growl she emits as part of that foreboding song has now been put to real life.
Today twigs, a British dancer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist, released a 16-minute conceptual, at times squeamish video featuring “Figure 8” and three other songs from her new five-song EP, “M3LL155X,” out tomorrow on Young Turks.
According to a story in Pitchfork, the video is explained as: “an aggressive statement conceptualising the process of feeling pregnant with pain, birthing creativity and liberation.”
The video begins with “Figure 8” and an elderly woman with gold teeth and an interesting fetish. It segues into “I’m Your Doll,” where twigs portrays a blow-up doll ready to do her bidding. “I’m feeling like a loaded gun,” she says.
For the pop-synthy “In Time,” she’s pregnant only part of the time, asking a man to “stay with me through this.” When her “water” breaks as vivid paint rolling down her legs, he’s disgusted.
In the last song, the previously released video for the uber-vogue “Glass & Patron,” she gives birth to a flowing mass of brightly colored scarves, essentially freeing herself from “being told who I am.”
Watch the video for “M3LL155X” below. The cover art for the album is above.