Music

FKA twigs’ Melissa and Arca’s Xen: Defiantly Dysmorphic Essences

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Stage names often lend musicians a sense of post-human mystery, rendering them, by their own accord, Other. By calling oneself a name other than one’s own, the artist denies a universal human nomenclatural norm. There’s an immediate air of mystery, and a rejection of the quotidian: if Lady Gaga, for example, had always gone by Stefani Germanotta, it would have been far more difficult to buy into little monster-dom (although the current, U2-and-Tony-Bennett duetting, Sound of Music homaging iteration of Gaga would have perhaps made more sense).
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Flavorwire Video Premiere: Pajama People, “Thank You Limousine”

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Limousines have a long and proud history in music videos. The stretch limo has been a staple of countless hip hop videos, and of course there’s also Aphex’s Twin’s mega-limousine in Chris Cunningham’s, um, memorable “Windowlicker” clip. Brooklyn quartet Pajama People continue this noble tradition with the video for their debut single “Thank You Limousine,” which Flavorwire is delighted to premiere.
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FKA twigs Releases New EP, ‘M3LL155X,’ Accompanied by a 16-Minute, Four-Part Music Video

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Well, this is FKA big: yesterday, FKA twigs released the new EP she’d recently been talking about. While her first two big releases, LP1 and EP1, bore their austerely simple titles, her new EP — which is co-produced with BOOTS and tic — comes similarly devoid of suggestive emotion, but will be far harder for anyone to remember: it’s called M3LL155X.
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