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MAGDALENE
Artist
FKA twigs
ReleaseProduct
MAGDALENE
Label
Young Turks Recordings
Catalogue Number
YT191DA
Release Date
October 2019
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Instant download of the following tracks with all FLAC, WAV, MP3 pre-orders:

  • 'holy terrain'
  • 'cellophane'

Full release delivered on release date: 25.10.19

Set against the backdrop of an emotional rollercoaster year. In 2017 the one born Tahliah Barnett split from fiancé Robert Pattinson, and later that year the singer underwent surgery to remove tumours from her uterus. Barnett channels these traumas to emerge, bruised yet defiant, with her second studio LP MAGDALENE.

The whirlwind of the past couple of years manifests itself in MAGDALENE's lyrics. Unsurprisingly there are moments of pain here - ‘Would you make a wish on my love?’ Barnett sings on ‘sad day’ while on ‘day bed’ she mourns that ‘vacant are my nightmares, rest becomes my nowhere’. However, there are also points where twigs looks to draw strength from her experiences. The album’s almost-title-track ‘mary magdalene’, for instance, is a fine instance of musical self-care (‘a woman’s time to embrace, she must put herself first’).

The beats and arrangements of MAGDALENE reflect twigs’ turbulent times. Some of the tracks sound intentionally washed-out, almost exhausted, in a manner strangely reminiscent of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ Skeleton Tree - another record born from torrid moments in its creator’s personal life. While there are songs that hark back to LP1’s baroque beat odyssey’s - the Future-featuring ‘Holy Terrain’, for instance - there are also several tracks here where drums fade into the ether and traditional song-structures give way to impressionistic, ornate and breathtaking sound design. It is in these instances when Nicolas Jaar’s heavy involvement in MAGDALENE’s construction is most keenly felt.

FKA twigs makes a welcome return with the mournful, beautiful MAGDALENE.

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Tracklisting
thousand eyes
home with you
sad day
holy terrain
mary magdalene
fallen alien
mirrored heart
daybed
cellophane

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Pre-order Information

We endeavour to ensure pre-orders reach you on the official release date. The date indicated above is the nearest possible delivery date according to the distributor, and is therefore liable to change at any time in accordance with changes made by the distributor.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 thousand eyes 5:00 FKA twigs
  2. 2 home with you 3:44 FKA twigs
  3. 3 sad day 4:15 FKA twigs
  4. 4 holy terrain 4:03 FKA twigs feat. Future Buy
  5. 5 mary magdalene 5:21 FKA twigs
  6. 6 fallen alien 3:58 FKA twigs
  7. 7 mirrored heart 4:32 FKA twigs
  8. 8 daybed 4:31 FKA twigs
  9. 9 cellophane 3:24 FKA twigs Buy
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