Album Review

​FKA Twigs - M3LL155X

Released August 13, 2015
Nick Lotz
​M3L155X, although not as powerful as her previous work, is a unique new concept from young trip-hop artist FKA Twigs. I was introduced to FKA Twigs this year when I saw the song “Two Weeks” pop up on my Spotify playlist. Her sad, strong, passionate, and disaffected anthem struck a chord with my inner emo kid and I latched onto her as one of the big new artists to listen to in 2015.
“I’m Your Doll” is the second track off the album, which may sound like third-wave feminism at its finest, but is in fact the opposite; it’s a ballad preaching of a psychotic obsession (stalkerish at times). The woman in the song is essentially obsessed with possessing a man only to be dominated by him, saying “I’m your doll/Dress me up/I’m your doll/Love me rough.” Perhaps she’s saying that’s how desperate she is for love, in that she’s willing to be subjugated if that’s what it takes to earn true commitment. As a side note, these are not my personal views on relationships, this is only what I drew the artist was trying to convey from the lyrics. The strong, post dub-step beats hold true throughout this song, and throughout the entire album, producing a heavy, metallic, industrial sound.
I wonder if FKA Twigs has based all of her music on a tumultuous on again off again relationship she had at some point in her life, or if this was a genius marketing decision as in that most young females (that I know) can identify with this trope. In the third song off M3L155X, FKA speaks wistfully and wishfully of a relationship turned sour, a shallow one based on club culture that’s lost it’s spark, saying “Your hands on my body/will resonate through me like they did before” i.e. she’s yearning for that initial spark they had at the beginning but it isn’t there any longer.
Sexual energy is a theme throughout this entire album, and in “Glass & Patron” FKA explores the sexual energy that is rampant in a pounding dance club when a young woman meets the eyes of a young man and she asks him “Will you fuck me while I stare at the sun?” Despite its shallow nature, the song itself is awesome and raw, with pounding snare beats and driving rhythms.
The final song on the album plays with the mother-daughter relationship that’s explored so often in popular culture with FKA saying, “I don’t know who my mother is/but I creep for you,” essentially marking the protagonist of the song as a bastard orphan of sorts with a (yet again) stalkerish obsessions over an unnamed love interest. As with all of the songs on the album, it’s extremely interesting to listen to, and its experimental drone excites me even as I sort of shy away from the message behind the lyrics.
Overall, I’d call M3L155X a thoroughly enjoyable album, one that blends the genres of horror-core and post-dubstep into an experimental, thoughtful work that (although it may not make the rounds at clubs or top 40 stations) is one that will stay in my catalog as albums to listen to when I’m having weird sado-masochistic sex with the girl who stalked me.