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November 19, 2014 at 11:26 AM

FKA Twigs debut short, slow & mesmerizing | Concert review

FKA Twigs making her Seattle debut at the Showbox Tuesday, Nov. 18. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times

FKA Twigs making her Seattle debut at the Showbox Tuesday, Nov. 18. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times

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Rising U.K. singer/songwriter/producer/dancer FKA Twigs’ performance at the Showbox Tuesday, Nov. 18, was everything that her music is — moody, intimate and dramatic, but ultimately kind of slow-moving.It was FKA Twigs’ first appearance in Seattle, part of her first large-scale international tour.

Starting promptly at 10 p.m., she took the stage clad in a sheer black dress, flanked by three fashionable male instrumentalists who pieced together her futuristic beats with an array of drum and sampler pads.

There was a slight “recital” vibe to the evening, coming not just from the art-schoolish crowd but also from FKA Twigs’ expressive, free-flowing dance moves, which she filled with force and emotion.

Her voice sounded great in its natural state, spanning a few octaves and not losing any power when reaching higher falsetto notes. The percussionists alternated each others’ hits in perfect time.

There wasn’t much to do but quietly sway and watch and listen and be mesmerized by the sights and sounds, but the crowd eagerly showed its appreciation at almost every long pause (not just between songs). The 26-year-old performer voiced her thanks for the love in a timid British accent.

The setlist stuck mostly to the singles and standouts from the 18 tracks FKA Twigs has released in the two years she’s been musically active. Those included “Water Me” and “Papi Pacify” from last year’s “EP2,” and “Two Weeks” and “Pendulum” from this year’s debut full-length “LP1.”

One of the highlights was the autobiographical anthem “Video Girl. Given new life by live electric guitar and bass lines from two of the instrumentalists, the already stuttering track slowed even more abruptly during the peaking “you lie/you lie/you lie” of its chorus. Twigs flailed her arms and body in time with the changing tempo.

Though the pace dragged in some parts, the hourlong set was tight and was over before most of the audience seemed ready for it to be. There was no encore and the house lights were back on by 11:05 p.m.

 

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