A sold-out crowd at The Showbox was treated to a night of moody, experimental and visually stunning performances by FKA Twigs. The British singer (born Tahliah Barnett) has released only two EPs and one full-length album, but she used her hour-long set well to mesmerize the crowd.
After a long, droning electronic introduction with an empty stage bathed in blue light, she and her three-piece band of electronic instrumentalists entered to an ethereal vocal chant, which set the tone for the show. Her high soprano voice is unexpected set against the electronic music, and makes her atmospheric R&B all the more unique.
For much of the show, FKA Twigs was hidden in shadow, the lighting spare. When she did step into the light, it made it all the more effective, almost startling to see her face appear. Aside from the lighting, the visual aspects of the show consisted of her graceful, serpentine dance moves – unsurprising from a former backup dancer. She was the only thing to watch on stage, but it worked, because it was difficult to take one’s eyes off her.
Her lyrics play with dark sexuality, and combined with the sound and visuals, the music is both eerie and sensuous. The songs can start to sound a little too similar after a while, so “Papi Pacify,” with its discordant keyboards, was a welcome shift. But for setting a mood, she did that spectacularly well, and it will be interesting to see if she experiments with different sounds on future work.
Opening singer/producer Boots (known for his recent work with Beyonce) had a dark electronic sound as well, but with unmemorable melodies and a heavier touch, his set was not nearly as successful.
Tonight! Artist Home has chong the nomad giving a tutorial on making beats, a live performance by Tomo Nakayama. A screen printing tutorial by The Vera Project and even how to make flutes out of carrots from our friends at Honkfest West!
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Word to the wise. Follow our pal Andrew Joslyn and the Passenger String Quartet's Instagram page @andrewjoslynmusic.
He's giving sneak previews of his symphonic work on network TV commercials and pop songs. Every student of violin and cello should be following his page. But so should you. You have heard Andrew and his writing on Grammy winning hits by Macklemore and Kesha.
...and his work with folks like Ethan Anderson to save the music industry locally and globally with the Recording Academy / GRAMMYs is something to watch.
Or don't follow him and life will be a little less colorful and inspiring, but sometimes you don't notice how good life can be without good art and good friends.
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