FKA Twigs has spoken out about pigeonholed musically, commenting: “Fuck alternative R&B!”
Speaking to The Guardian, the singer, who releases her debut album ‘LP1’ tomorrow (August 11), said: “I love annoying sounds, beats, clicks… I don’t see anyone else doing that now. It’s got loud noises in there, the structures aren’t typical, it’s relentless. It’s like punk; fuck alternative R&B!”
She explained she feels her music has been called R&B because of her race. “It’s just because I’m mixed race. When I first released music and no one knew what I looked like, I would read comments like: ‘I’ve never heard anything like this before, it’s not in a genre.’ And then my picture came out six months later, now she’s an R&B singer,” she said.
She added that she initially started making punk music but “but I’m terrible at shouting. It wasn’t me. I was just trying to fulfill my Poly Styrene [X-Ray Spex] fantasies.”
‘LP1’ includes the singles ‘Two Weeks’ and ‘Pendulum’, produced by Paul Epworth (Adele, Bloc Party). The album artwork was created by Kanda by manipulating photographs of the British singer, real name Tahliah Barnett. Kanda has previously directed FKA Twigs videos for ‘Water Me’ and ‘How’s That’.
The ‘LP1’ tracklisting is: