Music: “Two Weeks” by FKA Twigs

Have you ever heard a song that just makes you feel like you’re on fire – but in a good way? Well, this song is HOT. It’s sexy and provocative – and I’m not even talking about the lyrics. I honestly can barely understand what FKA Twigs is even saying, but I’m sure it’s along the lines of…ok, actually I just Googled the lyrics and yeah, they’re pretty hmm…

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…whatever word this image brings to mind.

In all seriousness, the bass, the sultriness of FKA Twig’s voice, and just the electricity of the song makes me feel like I can climb a mountain. It just gets the heart racing while at the same time I feel like I have to take deep breaths and slow it down. And it’s something different, genre-wise. I’m not sold on calling this strictly Hip-Hop/ R&B, or electronic, or trance, or any ONE thing. It’s a combination of influences, I’m sure. Which is amazing. I like discovering artists that can mix it up and experiment with all sorts of music productions.

I was listening to the band TV on the Radio recently and I just love how their music is also a toss of genres. They’re a band that got me through college, by the way. I really need to do an entire post on them. One of my classes in college focused on music genre tropes. How an artist will follow a sort of blueprint to call himself/herself a specific type of artist. Like a rapper or a rocker. Then, you have the question of when an artist doesn’t follow the standard blueprint and deviates into the territories of many genres. What do you call them? I used TV on the Radio as a prime example and now I’m definitely getting the same vibe from FKA Twigs.

She’s basically an art-piece. Even her music videos are motion art and jolting. She clearly brings attention to sexiness and semi-erotic behavior, but other than that she uses beauty and ‘high-quality’ aesthetics in her videos. Just look at Two Weeks. I had two thoughts while watching this video in terms of references: Queen of the Damned (film) and Kanye West’s Power music video.

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I was a kid when Queen of the Damned premiered and even back then, I thought Aaliyah was absolutely stunning . I couldn’t take my eyes off of her abs. Like how did she move like that? She was definitely goals for me to achieve once I was all grown up. Power will forever be THE music video that comes to mind when I think of art. I took a theatre class in college and I had to give an example of ‘high art’ aesthetics in a music video…I chose this one and my professor absolutely agreed.

Anyway, this song has been on repeat for me the past few days. I had already knew of FKA Twigs, because she’s engaged to Robert Pattison and I was one of those Twi-Hard / Twilight hate-watchers. I still follow-up every now and then on what the actors are doing today (Nikki Reed married Ian Somerhalder from The Vampire Diaries). Plus, I was Team Edward when I wasn’t rolling my eyes at the screen. I read all of the books  and fell into that dark hole as a teen. Nowadays, I enjoy  watching how much Robert Pattison disses the series in his interviews. So yeah, when this song popped up on my Spotify, I recognized the name but I had no idea how talented FKA Twigs was. She’s definitely someone that I’m going to keep on my radar.

Check her out.

‘Til next time.

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Ke'ara

Hi! I’m Ke’ara and I love writing about and over-analyzing the tropes and aesthetics of my favorite TV shows, movies, and tunes. I mostly just enjoy watching and listening to them though. Hope you all enjoy!

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