FKA twigs has announced details of her second album MAGDALENE, released on 25th October 2019. It’s 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.”
To coincide with the MAGDALENE news, FKA twigs will release a new single titled ‘holy terrain’, it 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.
“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 practised 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
1 thousand eyes
2 home with you
3 sad day
4 holy terrain ft. Future
5 mary magdalene
6 fallen alien
7 mirrored heart
Meanwhile, FKA twigs recently announced an extensive set of north American MAGDALENE tour dates. Originally launched with a run of sold-out shows in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, London and Sydney in May, the MAGDALENE live experience weaves a tapestry of sound, performance, costume, pole dancing, Wushu, set design and lighting, and sees FKA twigs cementing herself as one of the most creative and experimental artists, performers, and directors of her generation.
FKA twigs North American Tour Dates
November 3 Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC
November 4 Moore Theatre – Seattle, WA
November 6 Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
November 9 Camp Flog Gnaw – Los Angeles, CA
November 12 The Mission Ballroom – Denver, Colorado
November 14 Palace Theatre – Saint Paul, MN
November 15 Rivera Theatre – Chicago, IL
November 17 Rebel – Toronto, ON
November 19 House of Blues – Boston, MA
November 20 Kings Theatre – Brooklyn, NY
MAGDALENE artwork by Matthew Stone