FKA twigs announces MAGDALENE, shares ‘holy terrain’

“I never thought heartbreak could be so all-encompassing.

I never thought that my body could stop working to the point that I couldn’t express myself physically in the ways that I have always loved and found so much solace.

I have always practiced my way into being the best I could be, but I couldn’t do that this time, I was left with no option but to tear every process down.

But the process of making this album has allowed me for the first time, and in the most real way, to find compassion when I have been at my most ungraceful, confused and fractured. I stopped judging myself and at that moment found hope in ‘Magdalene’. To her I am forever grateful.”

– FKA twigs, September 2019

MAGDALENE, the new album from FKA twigs, is out 25 October. It 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 MAGDALENE 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, innovative work to date.

To coincide with the MAGDALENE news, FKA twigs has released new single ‘holy terrain’. The single features Atlanta superstar Future alongside production from FKA twigsSkrillex and Jack Antonoff. 

MAGDALENE will be available on CD, digitally and on two vinyl formats, including a limited edition, red-vinyl version. The album features artwork from acclaimed artist (and long-time FKA twigs collaborator) Matthew Stone.

It is available to preorder now.

 

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