“I never thought heartbreak could be so all-encompassing.
I never thought that my body could stop working to the point that I couldn’t express myself physically in the ways that I have always loved and found so much solace.
I have always practiced my way into being the best I could be, but I couldn’t do that this time, I was left with no option but to tear every process down.
But the process of making this album has allowed me for the first time, and in the most real way, to find compassion when I have been at my most ungraceful, confused and fractured. I stopped judging myself and at that moment found hope in ‘Magdalene’. To her I am forever grateful.”
– FKA twigs, September 2019
FKA twigs today ends months of speculation by announcing details of her highly anticipated second album. Titled MAGDALENE, the album will be released on 25th October 2019 and is the follow up to FKA twigs’ critically acclaimed Brit Award and Mercury Prize nominated debut LP1 (2014, Young Turks).
Created in a period where her confidence was knocked following heartbreak and laparoscopic surgery, MAGDALENE is the sound of twigs reconfiguring, emotionally and physically. As she sings on ‘Mary Magdalene’, the MAGDALENE album track that opened her highly-praised, sold-out live shows earlier in the year, “A woman’s time / A woman’s work / A woman’s time to embrace / She must put herself first”.
MAGDALENE is produced by FKA twigs and, as with LP1, the recording process has been directed by her at every stage. It was recorded between London, New York and Los Angeles over the last three years and, as previously reported, features major contributions from Nicolas Jaar alongside a host of other collaborators. MAGDALENE sees FKA twigs creating a whole new artistic universe and it is, without doubt, her most masterful, innovative work to date.
To coincide with the MAGDALENE news, FKA twigs has released new single ‘holy terrain’. The single features Atlanta superstar Future alongside production from FKA twigs, Skrillex and Jack Antonoff. Continuing a run of past and forthcoming rap collaborations, it’s set to build on the huge global success of her appearance on A$AP Rocky’s‘Fukk Sleep’ (from his 2018 Testing album); a track for which she co-directed the music video, amassing over 16 million views to date. ‘holy terrain ft. Future’ is the second track to be lifted from the album, following lead track ‘cellophane’ earlier this year, and is another seductive glimpse of what fans can expect from MAGDALENE.
MAGDALENE will be available on CD, digitally and on two vinyl formats, including a limited edition, red-vinyl version. It is available to pre-order now via https://fkatwigs.ffm.to/magdalene. The album features artwork from acclaimed artist (and long-time FKA twigs collaborator) Matthew Stone.
FKA twigs – MAGDALENE1 thousand eyes
2 home with you
3 sad day
4 holy terrain ft. Future
5 mary magdalene
6 fallen alien
7 mirrored heart
FKA twigs – MAGDALENE is out Friday 25 October via Young Turks / Remote Control Records.