Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Inspirational FKA Twigs and a glimpse of Hong Kong


Are you fucking kidding me?! 

Those were my first thoughts upon seeing this video. I first heard the song 'In Time' on spotify, and was so intrigued I gave it a second listen with headphones, and then after a handful of subsequent listens, decided that the beat was so hot that there had to be an equally dope video - with dancing! - somewhere out there. And boy was my curiosity quenched!

The video adds incredible depth to the already remarkably genre-bending song, and the choreography matches the oriental-tinged bass beats perfectly. Is that a Japanese flute I hear?! Is FKA pregnant? Is she wearing timbs and an all denim outfit and excessive gold jewelry and burgundy lipstick looking like 90s Brooklyn royalty? Is she serving us all the talent and originality that we claim we want to see onscreen but never actually pay mind to when it happens to appear right in front of us?! 

YES WORLD, SHE SURE IS!

There's no doubt that FKA Twigs can dance her ass off, and the little stomp her and her dancers do (see 2:07 and the swag at 3:23) is so New York to me. Also the amount of fluid shots where she's dancing wow me as well because that means she is just grooving along flawlessly, all in one solid take. The only thing I don't like about the dance scenes is that the dancer on the right appears stiff, like she's counting; meanwhile the belly-baring dancer on the left is sexy as fuck and FKA is dancing like the rent was due last week!

Other details: I love the silky pajamas, I love the contemporary breaks where she's draped in white clothing, and I love the long shots and the sheer simplicity of the set. It's so distracting when a video is overdone, or the editors keep chopping up shots in an ADD-like fashion, so all you see is a second of that, a second of this (I'm looking at you, Rihanna's "Work").

So needless to say I am sooo inspired. You can catch me showing out at a dance class wearing a belly shirt and a NY grimace in the coming weeks. (I already have the pajamas, the ethnic ambiguity and the sass). 

With all these EPs, is FKA even making any money? Is Robert Pattinson funding all of this? What kind of deal did she sign? I hope ya girl is making some money man because she writes and produces her own stuff and gawd knows what else. I should add, the video above is part of a visual album FKA Twigs created called "M3LL155X", and the whole thing can be seen here:

 

And speaking of inspiration and oriental influences, perhaps I'm more cognizant of that because I just came back from two weeks in Hong Kong! A detailed blog post is coming, and in the meantime you can see a bit of my adventures below!

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