On Nov. 7, the eve of her album launch, I witnessed FKA Twigs’s groundbreaking MAGDALENE tour at Oakland’s historic Fox Theatre. With dancers, difficult mild reveals, and much more difficult instrumentation, the dancing, sword-wielding vocalist extraordinaire placed on a present that blew me away from open to shut.
Twigs carried out a mixture of her new and older hits, however all of them, whether or not I’d heard them earlier than or not, felt like they already had a particular place in my coronary heart. I was amazed at simply how highly effective and giant the presence of Twigs is. From “Holy Terrain” that includes Future to her quieter songs like “Sad Day,” the viewers was fully absorbed in each efficiency.
Twigs’s MAGDALENE album offers with a reaffirmation of self after being damaged down by tragedy and heartbreak. Apart from giving me some not so affectionate emotions in the direction of Twigs’s “vampire-like” ex loves, it was so admirable to witness the artist crafting tales of heartbreak and self-doubt into inspiring affirmations of 1’s personal energy. “Its all for the game,” Twigs sang in her efficiency of “Mirrored Heart.” “It’s all for the lovers that are trying to f*ck the pain away, but I’ll never give up.”
All through her profession, Twigs has at all times been an artist who refused to be outlined by one style, thought, relationship, or definition of artistry. In a recent ID interview, Twigs addressed this whereas talking in regards to the which means behind her album and title observe “Mary Magdalene.” “I used to laugh to myself about how, as a woman, your story is often attached to the narrative of a man. No matter what you’re doing or how great your work is, sometimes it’s as though you have to be attached to a man to be validated,” she defined. “I’d felt like that at times. And then I started to read about Mary Magdalene and how amazing she was; how she was likely to have been Jesus’s best friend, his confidante. She was a herbalist and a healer, but, you know, her story is written out of the bible and she was ‘a prostitute.’ I found a lot of power in the story of Mary Magdalene; a lot of dignity, a lot of grace, a lot of inspiration.”
The way the story of Mary Magdalene has been distorted is truly tragic, however via her album and awe-inspiring tour, Twigs has empowered her as soon as once more. And by empowering the story of Magdalene, I’m certain Twigs discovered a solution to empower herself. In the event you did not know, Twigs has been through hell and back in these past few years. Not solely has she handled public heartbreak, however the artist additionally had a number of thyroid tumors eliminated, which she described as being “the size of two cooking apples, three kiwis, and a couple of [strawberries].” So to see her again in such a highly effective kind is actually a heartwarming expertise.