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FKA twigs lives in a real house, in the real world, though this seems hard to believe. She arrived on the scene in , whispering like Tricky , clattering like the xx , romancing like Prince , singing like Kate Bush , yet not actually quite like anyone else. A polymath — she is a beautiful dancer and has directed pop videos and immersive theatre — she works in experimental hinterlands, creating atmospheres rather than singalong stories. For example: the sparse and sad track Cellophane , released in April as the opening single for her new album, was accompanied by a video that featured twigs athletically pole-dancing in a sparkly bikini before being eaten by a lookalike insect, falling into watery depths and being covered in orange mud by caring tortoise creatures.
In the seven years since, she has made her art into a kind of theatrical multimedia experience, crafting elaborate shows and videos that intertwine and smudge the lines of classicism and the avant-garde. She is astonishing, ambitious, and seemingly good at everything, singing over her own ticker-tape beats, self-directing wildly conceptual videos, and ravenously hoovering up dance disciplines apparently up to and including Chinese sword fighting until she masters them. She imbues voguing and lyrical ballet with such grace and sensuality that the emotion of her music emanates directly from her body.
Raised in Tewkesbury , Gloucestershire , she became a backup dancer after moving to South London when she was 17 years old. She made her musical debut with the extended plays EP1 and EP2 It was later nominated for the Mercury Prize.