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FKA twigs’ 10 Best Songs

Ahead of CAPRISONGS, we're rounding up the enigmatic artist's greatest tracks

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FKA twigs, photo by @orograph/Illustration by Steven Fiche
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    FKA twigs, born Tahliah Barnett, made a name for herself as a proponent of the avant garde. She’s a true multi-hyphenate — she’s a vocalist, she writes her music, she’s an incredible dancer, and a large part of her music video repertoire is self-directed. Regardless of the type of track she releases, FKA twigs has managed to find a way to ensure that a listener can immediately identify a piece of her work.

    She’s not afraid to explore genres and sounds, and her discography so far could be described as R&B, electronic, hyperpop, and trippy — and all of those categorizations would be true. This Friday (January 14th), she’ll be releasing a new collection of music in the form of a mixtape called CAPRISONGS. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up ten of her best tracks so far.

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    Check out the list below, and scroll to the end for a playlist of all 10 tracks.


    10. “Glass & Patron”

    Twigs’ third EP M3LL155X was a breakthrough moment, led by its first single, “Glass & Patron.” This song features plenty of the avant-garde, industrial energy she’s become known for as an artist. She describes the process of creating the song, specifically the mystifying self-directed music video, as an example of using pain and mistakes to create moving art. Something Twigs excels at is imbuing her work with a tone uniquely hers, and this 2015 track was a perfect introduction to her world for many listeners. — Mary Siroky

    09. “Good to Love”

    Twigs’ high, airy vocals are on full display here. This 2016 single builds with intensity as it unfolds, hinging on a relatable premise — the thrill of falling in love with someone new. The song, like many others in the FKA twigs catalog, understands the danger of falling in love as much as it understands the joy. Even so, it’s one of the more optimistic offerings from the artist. — M.S.

    08. “home with you”

    “How come the more you have, the more that people want from you?/ The more you burn away, the more the people earn from you/ The more you pull away, the more that they depend on you,” comes the observation in “home with you.” This song feels like three in one — there are moments that are more spoken than sung, a chorus that actually strikes as something traditional and familiar, and an ending that cascades into symphonic territory. It’s a whole journey in four minutes. Twigs shared that the song was inspired by times in life where it feels like everything could snap at any moment, a theme that’s remained relevant since the track’s release. — M.S.

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