Posted in music | pictures on April 18, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield

FKA twigs @ The Westway - 4/17/14
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At this, her first New York show, her opening whisper was a perhaps inadvertent reminder of this tension in her music. It came at the beginning of "Weak Spot," which seems like a love song but is really something of a taunt. Both to the audience and to the target of the song, she seemed to be saying: Look how little it takes to get your attention.

She mostly held it during this show, which was performed in vague light, as if she only wanted to give out part of herself visually, too. She was backed by three musicians -- two on drum machines, one alternating between drum machines and guitar -- who barely moved as well. (At one point, she asked for more light onstage because "my band can't see the pads.")

Where she wasn't stingy was with her body. Ms. Barnett is trained as a dancer: Before she gained attention as a singer, she appeared in a handful of music videos as a backup dancer; on Instagram, she often posts videos of her rehearsals. Frequently, she appears to be experiencing her music more vividly through her body than through her voice. [NY Times]

The very-hyped London artist FKA twigs (real name Tahliah Barnett) just wrapped up a short run of North American dates, including her first-ever NYC shows at Glasslands on Wednesday (4/16) and at The Westway last night (4/17) (both sold out). She had two EPs to pull from, and according to Chris Payne, The Westway show included at least three new songs, whereas the Glasslands show included only one (video of that one below). The crowd at The Westway was loving it -- girls shrieking, etc -- and as the above NY Times review of the Glasslands show points out, Tahliah can really dance. As that review also points out, her singing is often a whisper and she kept both shows dimly lit.

Pictures of The Westway show are in this post. They continue, with a video of the new song played at Glasslands, below...

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FKA twigs - new song at Glasslands - 4/16/14

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Comments (8)

oh, so these pix explain that ANNOYING FLASH that kept going off and ruined the vibe of the show. They aren't even good photos either for being so invasive.

You owe us all an apology!!!!!

DOUCHEBAGS!!!!!!!

Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2014 9:09 AM

dont know what that guy is talking about, there was more than 1 unreleased song at the glasslands show too. 3 or 4 seems about right.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2014 9:14 AM

I just watched the video for "Water Me."

Decent tune. Terrible video.

Posted by E.L. Fudge | April 18, 2014 9:24 AM

Hi 9:09, I agree, there were a lot of flashes going off last night, but I tried to keep the usage of mine to a bare minimum & fired it about 5 times over the course of the night.

Posted by Amanda | April 18, 2014 10:01 AM

she played the basement in Santos in 2012 tho

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2014 11:49 AM

What was up with Gabe Spierer last night?!

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2014 12:47 PM

The people who attended this are the worst type of city boyz.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2014 1:02 PM

OMG! I need the studio version

Posted by VGlaukV | June 2, 2014 6:14 AM

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