Watch: FKA Twigs – Pendulum

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Full disclosure, FKA Twigs’ new song, Pendulum, is a stranger track than you’re probably used to. It pushes some boundaries as to the lines between genres, and you can’t really pin it down as R&B, Electronic, or Pop. The first minute and a half is extremely sparse, with percussion samples entering intermittently. The sound bears a resemblance to someone dropping a marble in the apartment above you. FKA Twigs’ Tahliah Barnett coos over the skittering instrumental: “I’m a sweet little lovemaker…”

The song alternates between this haunting, atmospheric theme for the verses and a lush, soaring chorus. The interlude features Barnett’s signature vocals pitch-bent and clipped to a sharp staccato, accentuated by vocal samples.

This is the third track we’ve seen off of her debut full-length, LP1, after Two Weeks and Video Girl. FKA Twigs tweeted that this track was her favorite off the new record, and I’ve got to agree. I’ve heard LP1 already, and you’re in for a fantastic treat when the album is released on August 12th via Young Turks. It runs the gamut from explicitly erotic lyrical content and insightful, semi-biographical ruminations on love and relationships, all underscored by innovative production from Kanye-collaborator, Arca, and Twigs herself. If you’re not familiar with this artist, you should really check her out before her tour begins August 6th at Webster Hall. In the meantime, enjoy The Eargazm!

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