"I love another, and thus I hate myself," begins "Preface," the first song on FKA twigs' debut album, LP1 -- streaming Tuesday (August 5) ahead of the album's official drop.
It's a sentiment that seems pretty universal, plucked from a poem by Sir Thomas Wyatt titled "I Find No Peace" -- the feeling of needing something outside yourself so much that you find what's inside lacking. As FKA twigs (a.k.a. Tahliah Barnett) told Pitchfork, it's a feeling that encapsulates the ethos of her hotly anticipated first full-length as it can be applied to both music and love.
"You can have big aspirations, but then you realize your skill level or your insecurities are holding you back. So you start to hate yourself, because it's so frustrating," she said of music, to which she ascribes a DIY attitude (meaning, she tries to do everything herself). Of love, she said, "You feel like this shriveled-up Gollum-like creature [when someone rejects you]. And then you hate yourself because you're trying so hard and it's just not working. That’s what my album’s about."
To quote Marty McFly: heavy.
But twigs definitely earns that gravity with her debut effort. A former video girl for the likes of Jessie J and Ed Sheeran, the British R&B musician has been steadily releasing a collection of tunes -- from "Video Girl" to "Two Weeks" to "Pendulum" -- that has made her one of the most refreshing acts of the summer.
LP1 drops August 12.