New FKA twigs Single ‘killer’ Reminds of the Perils of Loving For Real

When we last heard from FKA twigs in January, she was, well…shooting herself. With an arrow. In the video for her latest single ‘meta angel’.

We were relieved to discover, of course, that it wasn’t actually real. And that she is yet with us, and once again making new music. Yet she still seems to have little interest in retreating to artistic safe spaces. Indeed, her piercingly visceral new single ‘killer’ fearlessly explores the dangerous wilderness that is deep and passionate love, in all of its perilous entanglements and emotional hazards.

Musically it is deceptive, with its gentle, jittery beats, mellifluous atmospherics and Ms. twigs’ ever exquisite vocals. But lyrically it finds her in an intensely, profoundly confessional mode, even suggesting that it is “dangerous to be a woman in love.” (Certainly, it can be.)

“You got me questioning what to believe in
Since when did happiness become a sin?
Since when did hurt become deliberate?
Heal us”

But she is also quick to remind that even as love extracts what it will from us, we are always better off having taken the chance, and can hopefully grow from the heartache and pain.

“At its worst,” she observes, “the effects of heartbreak can define one’s trajectory much more than the beauty of the love itself, and in this song I’m exploring that concept. The navigation, the hunt and the kill. The death of promises, dreams and the future that was once promised. But like the wildest plucked roses, I find myself more beautiful [when] delicately wilted, in shadow, forced solace, darkened at the edges and achingly thirsting to be tended to again.”

The ethereal British songstress has no tour dates currently scheduled – but for a particularly captivating live performance of ‘killer’, tune in to her recent NPR: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert. And a true Renaissance woman, she will also be starring alongside Bill Skarsgård in the upcoming Rupert Sanders directed update of The Crow, though no release date has been set as of yet.

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