Very nice. Thought of Kelela.
Difficult to say whether I love more this record or the 2012’s debut. Familiar “glitch pop” tunes from Nigel Godrich with some UK garage/2-step influences, and some IDM Boards of Canada vibes (especially on “Ordinary Boy”). If you like Thom Yorke’s solo records and Atoms for Peace, then you should enjoy Ultraísta. Vocals by Laura Bettinson. The debut was actually just the second record (after Eraser) in this vein, produced by Nigel. But the first with real drums (Joey Waronker)? I can hear some echoes on ANIMA in fact.
I’m glad they could film this just before (social distancing).
And this from 8 years ago:
In the order released.
- The Twilight Sad — It Won/t Be Like This All the Time [gothic rock]
- Boy Harsher — Careful [darkwave]
- Massimo Volume — Il nuotatore [post-rock]
- King Midas Sound — Solitude [dark ambient, poetry]
- DIÄT — Positive Disintegration [post-punk]
- FET.NAT — Le Mal [no wave]
- Patricia — Heavy Merging (EP) [acid techno]
- SASAMI — SASAMI [indie rock]
- Shlohmo — The End [glitch hop]
- Bogdan Raczynski — Rave ‘Till You Cry [drill and bass]
- Fontaines D.C. — Dogrel [post-punk]
- Otoboke Beaver (おとぼけビ～バ～) — Itekoma Hits (いてこまヒッツ) [hardcore punk]
- Tim Hecker — Anoyo [drone, gagaku]
- black midi — Schlagenheim [experimental rock, math rock]
- Hatchie — Keepsake [dream pop]
- Thom Yorke — ANIMA [glitch pop]
- Drab Majesty — Modern Mirror [gothic rock]
- Black Country, New Road — Athen’s, France and Sunglasses (singles) [experimental rock]
- The Murder Capital — When I Have Fears [post-punk]
- Algiers — Can the Sub_Bass Speak? (single) [avant-garde jazz, poetry]
- HTRK — Venus in Leo [ambient pop]
- Bat for Lashes — Lost Girls [synthpop]
- Caroline Polachek — Pang [art pop]
- Floating Points — Crush [future garage, IDM]
- Matana Roberts — Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis [avant-garde jazz, poetry]
- Sudan Archives — Athena [art pop]
- Andy Stott — It Should Be Us [dub techno, dubstep]
- FKA twigs — Magdalene [art pop]
- Have a Nice Life — Sea of Worry [gothic rock]
- Life on Venus — Odes to the Void [shoegaze]
- Special Request — Vortex, Bedroom Tapes, Offworld, and Zero Fucks [acid techno, ambient techno, breakbeat, jungle]
Release date: November 8, 2019
Genres: art pop, glitch pop, wonky
This might be the best record of 2019. One of my favorite. I believe, it is her best work so far (the level was quite high already), and I hope the derivative is positive even at this point. Twigs‘ genius was augmented with the one of Nicolas Jaar here (who himself released the best record of 2018, to my taste). Lots of other personnel contributed, including Daniel Lopatin. Indeed, the vaporwavy “daybed” might be my favorite song on the record. There are so many of them. Twigs is unique and groundbreaking. Funny, but the only reference that came to mind was Depeche Mode (on “Mary Magdalene“). Twigs is also just such a gorgeous person to listen to.
We are now looking forward to more from her in the near future.