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Don’t blink now — FKA twigs is changing the face of music with “M3LL155X”

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There’s good reason FKA twigs easily commands a captive audience. The young British singer, songwriter and dancer has been consistently breaking new ground in electro-pop, dance and trip-hop genres, winning accolades along the way.

Her eye-popping music videos are often overtly sexual without revealing anything, and demonstrate her mature grasp of performance art, skirting the hazy line that separates NSFW and slick production.

Her latest five-song EP, “M3LL155X,” also called “Melissa,” moves fluidly between trip-hop, soul, house and R&B influences. The songs gracefully house her hushed and porcelain vocals, which can drop to almost nothing in one measure and soar wildly in the next.

fka twigs bedThe scratchy, drawn-out groan she emits in the electric “Figure 8” is only one testament to how far she’s willing to go in music. On the explosive “I’m Your Doll,” she portrays a blow-up doll ready to do her bidding. “I’m feeling like a loaded gun, and when it’s done, I’m the only one,” she whispers.

For the synth-pop dance song “In Time,” she implores a man to stay committed, promising that together they’ll be unstoppable. But she also softly warns him, “The way you dismiss me/Will turn into missing me like I am yours.” On the tempo-jumping single “Glass & Patron,” she experiences a catharsis that frees her from the deep-seated pain of “being told who I am.” It’s her version of “Vogue” for the 21st century.

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Her accompanying 16-minute conceptual video for the EP sways wildly between vivid imagery and unsettling beauty – it screams to be seen. It’s safe to say few others in music are taking the kinds of risks that FKA twigs is fast becoming known for.

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FKA twigs drops conceptual new video and EP for “M3LL155X”

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.

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ICYMI: Bjork’s video for “Lionsong” is physically unsettling

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Bjork’s latest album “Vulnicura” contains some of her most intensely painful and personal work to date, and her video for “Lionsong” is capable of physically putting you on edge.

The pastel blue and yellow “feathers” that adorn Bjork’s outfit, now famous as the symbol of “Vulnicura,” looks like the fluffy stuff from milkweed pods, or dandelion fuzz.

The opening scene, of what looks like a steampunk heart chamber, beats and wanes uncertainly as Bjork sings, “Maybe he will come out of this, loving me.” She strokes her feathers lovingly.

Dressed in a shiny black space suit, Bjork appears suspended in white, floating, but still stuck in one place, another unnerving factor to the video. Bjork is only protected by a few colorful feathers, adding to her vulnerability. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself tensing up while watching it.

See “Lionsong” via Billboard.

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