Blog FKA Twigs @ Carriageworks

FKA Twigs @ Carriageworks

Posted June 10, 2019, 9:47 p.m. by T

Advertisement
KFAI - Roar of the Underground

FKA Twigs

Carriageworks

Sydney, Australia

June 9, 2019

 

Full disclosure, up to tonight I had not been exposed to the microcosm that is FKA Twigs – a circumstance I quite enjoy when it comes to exploring and experiencing artists and one that is rarer to come by in this digital age where information is at your fingertips.

The venue could not have been chosen better, with Carriageworks reinventing itself and upping its game consistently and specifically for the annual ViVid Festival having refined the art of hosting events that is reminiscent of what has become the trademark of MONA’s Dark Mofo Festival. Tonight’s dimly-lit cavernous set-up magnified the performance manifold by serving as a giant canvas for what was to unfold.

From a distance, FKA Twigs evoked the impression to be an underground art pop phenomenon that seemed to be a hybrid of the more accessible components of Bjoerk and Sigur Rós paired with a dazzling display of ballet and dance.

However, what materialized on stage proved to be an audio-visual assault that went beyond the realm of what one would conventionally expect from a show of a singer. Tahliah Barnett is an artist that channels a myriad of influences into an idiosyncratic alchemy of her own.

It is delightful how FKA Twigs in a live environment defies categorization as her interdisciplinary show is abstract yet engaging, attention-grabbing yet subtle, atmospheric and ethereal.

Musically and specifically when it comes to the vocal delivery, one cannot ignore the nods to “Wuthering Heights”-era Kate Bush, however, a more fragile, tremulous, multi-tracked, polyphonic and sorrowful variant. While this could lose its appeal after a while, the fact that the very physically oblique and highly stylized show mixes a myriad of costume changes, otherworldly digitally menacing club vibes and effortlessly formidably performed intricate dance performances, which add layers of depth and dramatic reveals.

An ambitious, high pitched, effects laden and meticulously tour de force that lays bare raw emotions and with FKW Twigs’ poise and prowess, managed to hold the audience in its thrall for the whole duration of this challenging performance.

---

photo courtesy of artist website

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

Stiff Little Fingers @ Metro Theatre

Posted by T
Feb. 22, 2020, 8:09 a.m.

Stiff Little Fingers Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia February 21, 2020   There is a chance that I need to revisit The Clash’s early oeuvre, however, in my humble opinion Stiff ... read more

Thus Let Us Drink Beer - Sauce Brewing Co

Posted by T
Feb. 21, 2020, 7:04 p.m.

Thus Let Us Drink Beer - Sauce Brewing Co   Now, not sure if what originally start as a microbrewery in the inner-west of Sydney can still be classified as ... read more

Fire Fight Australia @ ANZ Stadium

Posted by T
Feb. 20, 2020, 5:27 p.m.

Fire Fight Australia ANZ Stadium Sydney, Australia February 16, 2020 It has been thirty-five years since the eponymous Live Aid festival was organised by Bob Geldorf to raise funds for ... read more

Otto Dix – The Evil Eye

Posted by T
Feb. 17, 2020, 9:34 a.m.

Otto Dix – The Evil Eye Prestel Publishing   Ah, Weimar! An intriguing period that specifically in the Rhineland region has spawned artistic conglomerates that revolutionised what art was thought ... read more

Yves Zurstrassen – Free

Posted by T
Feb. 15, 2020, 10:57 a.m.

Yves Zurstrassen – Free Mercator Fonds   A name like Yves Zurstrassen, at least the correct pronunciation might not roll easily off your Anglo-Saxon tongue and it might be an ... read more

Advertisement
KFAI - Root Of All Evil
x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.