LP1
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Studio album by FKA twigs
Released August 6, 2014
Recorded 2013-2014
Genre Electronic, Trip-Hop
Length 40:46
Label Young Turks
Producer(s) Arca, Clams Casino, Cy An, Paul Epworth, FKA twigs, Emile Haynie, Devonté Hynes, Inc., Sampha, Tic, Joel Compass
FKA twigs chronology
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(2013) (2014) (2015)
Singles from LP1
  1. "Two Weeks"
    Released: June 24, 2014
  2. "Pendulum"
    Released: July 29, 2014
  3. "Give Up"(Promotional Single)
    Released: September 30, 2014
  4. "Video Girl"
    Released: October 13, 2014


LP1 is the debut studio album by FKA twigs, released on August 6, 2014 by Young Turks. FKA twigs collaborated with several producers on the album, including Arca, Emile Haynie, Devonté Hynes, Paul Epworth and Clams Casino. The album had four singles, "Two Weeks", "Pendulum", "Give Up" and "Video Girl".

Background[edit | edit source]

FKA twigs (then known simply as twigs) self-released her debut extended play, EP1, on Bandcamp on 4 December 2012. Music videos were filmed for each of the four tracks and released on her YouTube channel. On August 6, 2013, The Guardian profiled FKA twigs for their "New Band of the Day" feature, describing her as "the UK's best example to date of ethereal, twisted R&B."

FKA twigs's second extended play, EP2, was released through the Young Turks record label on September 17, 2013. It was produced by FKA twigs and Arca. In December 2013, she was nominated for the BBC Sound of 2014, and was chosen by Spotify for their Spotlight on 2014 list. FKA twigs was also featured on Billboard '​s 14 Artists to Watch in 2014.

Singles[edit | edit source]

The lead single from LP1, "Two Weeks", was released on June 24, 2014 as a digital download and on July 29, 2014 as a 12-inch single, the latter featuring the song "Pendulum" as a B-side. The music video was directed by Nabil Elderkin and premiered on June 24, 2014.

"Pendulum" was released digitally as the album's second single on 30 July 2014. The self-directed music video for the song premiered on January 14, 2015 and depicts FKA Twigs tied up with her own hair.

The album's third and final single, "Video Girl", was sent to contemporary hit radio in the United Kingdom on October 13, 2014. The accompanying music video was directed by Kahlil Joseph and premiered on October 29, 2014. The black-and-white video sees FKA Twigs dancing for a prisoner on death row, and features a cameo appearance from rapper Travis Scott.

Critical reception[edit | edit source]

LP1 received widespread acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalisedrating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 86, based on 38 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim". Miles Raymer of Entertainment Weeklystated, "A singular kind of diva who asserts herself subtly, twigs sings in a near whisper that often threatens to blend in with the instruments behind it. But she exerts enough of a magnetic pull to lure listeners into some challenging territory". Christopher Hooton of The Independent wrote that "while sultry, drug-addled R&B is an increasingly crowded genre, Twigs takes a hammer to the kind that The Weeknd made famous and plays in the rubble." Hooton continued, "FKA Twigs emerges the high priestess of R&B's latest corruption, and the world will kneel at the altar." Kyle Fowle of The A.V. Club commended FKA Twigs for "manag[ing] to craft a cohesive aesthetic that draws on modern R&B and electronic while also remaining inventive", concluding, "Few debuts possess such control and ambition all in one; LP1 is the rare album that manages to sound both lived in and completely futuristic." AllMusic's Heather Phares noted the album contains "a lusher sound that's more accessible, and more overtly R&B, than FKA Twigs' earlier work but maintains its ethereal sensuality", adding that "FKA Twigs' music was already so fully realized that LP 1 can't really be called Barnett coming into her own; rather, her music has been tended to since the 'Water Me' days, and now it's flourishing."

Jonathan Zwickel of Spin described the album as "unconventional stuff, drug-like, elemental and extraterrestrial" and opined, "In its menacing incandescence, LP1 sounds like nothing else in the world right now." Pitchfork's Philip Sherburne praised LP1 as a "huge album" and a "monumental debut", while writing that "FKA twigs is not a masterful lyricist, at least not yet; some of her couplets feel clunky, like she's grasping in the dark for rhymes and coming up with the objects closest to hand [...] But when she zeroes in on the essence of a thing, she hits hard." Alexis Petridis of The Guardian viewed the album as "a singular piece of work in an overcrowded market", and expressed that it "has its flaws [...] but you leave it convinced that FKA Twigs is an artist possessed of a genuinely strong and unique vision, one that doesn't need bolstering with an aura of mystique." Hazel Sheffield of NME commented that the album "impresses with its futuristic vision of R&B" and remarked that FKA Twigs's "pervading sense of control and commitment to her art proves that Twigs is set on building the sound of the future all by herself." Felicity Martin of Clash stated, "Fragile, heavenly and utterly compelling; this debut paves the way for boundaries-pushing pop. This is music that shatters you with a single tap." Q praised the music as an "uncanny" hybrid variously recalling "indie R&B... and nervy trip hop". Rolling Stone's Julianne Escobedo Shepherd found the album to be "far more substantial" than FKA Twigs's two previously released EPs, adding that her "deconstructed shards of U.K. grime and garage land heavier, while elegiac vocals soften the songs without blunting their edge."

Track-listing[edit | edit source]

Standard Edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Preface" FKA twigs FKA twigs 1:46
2. "Lights On" Arca, Tic & FKA twigs Arca 4:24
3. "Two Weeks" Emile Haynie & FKA twigs Emile Haynie 4:02
4. "Hours" Arca, Devonté Hynes, Clams Casino, Emile Haynie & FKA twigs Devonté Hynes, Clams Casino, Emile Haynie & Arca 4:35
5. "Pendulum" FKA twigs & Paul Epworth FKA twigs & Paul Epworth 4:58
6. "Video Girl" Emile Haynie & FKA twigs Emile Haynie 3:47
7. "Numbers" FKA twigs & Sampha FKA twigs & Sampha 3:43
8. "Closer" Tic & FKA twigs FKA twigs 3:45
9. "Give Up" Arca, Emile Haynie & FKA twigs Emile Haynie 4:17
10. "Kicks" Compass & FKA twigs FKA twigs 5:24
Total length: 40:46
Limited deluxe edition tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
11. "One Time" Daniel Aged, Andrew Aged & FKA twigs Inc. no world & FKA twigs 4:17
Total length: 44:63
Japanese edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
11. "Weak Spot" FKA twigs FKA twigs, Tic 3:43
12. "Ache" FKA twigs FKA twigs, Tic 5:00
13. "Breathe" FKA twigs FKA twigs, Tic 4:16
14. "Hide" FKA twigs FKA twigs, Tic 2:59
Total length: 55:64

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of LP1.

Studios[edit | edit source]

  • Emile Haynie's Studio  – recording (tracks 3, 4, 6, 9)
  • Metropolis Mastering (London)  – mastering

Musicians[edit | edit source]

  • FKA Twigs – vocals (all tracks); instruments (track 1); string arrangements, bass arrangement (track 2); additional drums (tracks 2, 6); Tempest (tracks 3, 7); drums (tracks 5, 8, 10); keyboards (track 5); bass (track 7); synths (track 10)
  • Lucki Eck$ – demon voice (track 1)
  • Arca – additional vocals (track 2); additional programming (tracks 3, 4); synth (track 3); instruments (track 4); additional sounds, programming (track 9)
  • Andrew Aged – guitar (track 2)
  • Tic – guitar (tracks 2, 8); additional drums (track 2); drums (track 8)
  • Daniel Aged – upright bass (track 2); additional keyboards (track 10)
  • Emile Haynie – instruments, drums (tracks 3, 9); synths, Mellotron, additional drums (track 4)
  • Devonté Hynes – guitar (track 4)
  • Paul Epworth – drums, guitar, keyboards, piano (track 5)
  • Cy An – keyboards, additional drum edits (track 5); additional programming (track 6); piano (tracks 6, 10); drums (tracks 8, 10); synths (track 10)
  • LJ Howe – bass guitar (track 6)
  • Sampha – drums, synths, piano (track 7)

Technical[edit | edit source]

  • FKA Twigs – production (tracks 1, 5, 7, 8, 10); additional production (tracks 3, 6)
  • Joseph Hartwell Jones – vocal recording (tracks 2, 3, 9, 10); additional vocal recording (track 4); engineering (track 5); additional engineering (track 6)
  • Arca – production (tracks 2, 4); additional production (track 9)
  • Emile Haynie – production, recording (tracks 3, 4, 6, 9)
  • Devonté Hynes – production (track 4)
  • Clams Casino – production (track 4)
  • Paul Epworth – production (track 5)
  • Sampha – production (track 7)
  • Cy An – additional production (tracks 8, 10)
  • Tic – additional production (track 8)
  • David Wrench – mixing
  • John Davis – mastering

Artwork[edit | edit source]

  • Jesse Kanda – imagery
  • FKA Twigs – design
  • Phil Lee – design

Charts[edit | edit source]

Weekly charts[edit | edit source]

Chart (2014-2015) Peak position
Australian Albums (ARIA) 30
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) 42
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) 16
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) 46
Danish Albums (Hitlisten) 14
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) 60
French Albums (SNEP) 94
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) 50
Irish Albums (IRMA) 33
Irish Independent Albums (IRMA) 6
Japanese Albums (Oricon) 109
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ) 38
Scottish Albums (OCC) 34
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) 43
UK Albums (OCC) 16
UK Independent Albums (OCC) 1
US Billboard 200 30
US Independent Albums (Billboard) 3
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard) 1

Year-end charts[edit | edit source]

Chart (2014) Peak position
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard) 17
Chart (2015) Peak position
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard) 10
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