Carriageworks will present internationally acclaimed FKA twigs headlining in a one-night only performance on Sunday 9 June, as part of Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere. The concert marks the first time FKA twigs will perform new music in Australia. ‘Cellophane’ is the artist’s first release in over three years.
Creating some of the most genre-bending work of her generation, FKA twigs is the sixth major international artist programmed by Carriageworks for Vivid Sydney, following St. Vincent, Goldfrapp, Björk, Grace Jones and Pet Shop Boys.
Written and produced by FKA twigs with Jeff Kleinman and Michael Uzowuru, ‘Cellophane’ is twigs’ most vulnerable song to date and is an enticing first glimpse of what to expect from her second album; the follow up to her Mercury Prize and Brit Award nominated 2014 debut, LP1.
Talking about the process, FKA twigs says: “throughout my life I’ve practiced my way to being the best I could be, it didn’t work this time. I had to tear down every process I’d ever relied on. go deeper. rebuild. start again”
‘Cellophane’ is accompanied by a video directed by Andrew Thomas Huang. The video is a powerful visual contrast to the vulnerability of the song’s lyrics (“Didn’t I do it for you? Why don’t I do It for you?”) and stars FKA twigs in a role that she trained for months in advance for, adding another facet to her enviable multi-disciplinary skill set.
In FKA twigs own words: “when I wrote cellophane over a year ago a visual narrative came to me immediately, I knew I had to learn how to pole-dance to bring it to life, and so that’s what I did. thank you @andrewthomashuang, for elevating my vision beyond words. you are a visionary. @kellyvon thank you for being with me every step of the way on my precious pole yellow brick road. working with you both on this is a dream come true.”
FKA twigs has been described by the Guardian UK as ‘the most adventurous popstar working today.’ Alongside her music work, video has been a central part of twigs storytelling, directing the majority of her own music videos to tell deeply personal and exciting stories, and redefining how artists communicate on film.
This concert will be her only Sydney performance.
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