FKA twigs has shared a studio version of her new single, “Killer.”
Twigs had teased the track just last week when she debuted it during her Tiny Desk (Home) Concert, where she was backed by strings and a piano. Now, we’ve gotten a full studio version, with haunting production, pulsing percussion, and stunning background harmonies. Written with Jimmy Napes, Amanga Ghost, and Jonny Coffer, twigs produced the tune with Coffer and El Guincho. It’s a moving tune all about the ways that heartbreak can change your life for the worse.
“‘It’s dangerous to be a woman in love’ – when at its worst the effects of heart break can define one’s trajectory much more than the beauty of the love itself, in my song ‘Killer’ I explore this concept,” FKA twigs explains. “The navigation, the hunt and the kill. The death of promises, dreams and the future that was once promised. But like the wildest plucked roses, I find myself more beautiful delicately wilted, in shadow, forced solace, darkened at the edges and achingly thirsting to be tended to again.”
Listen to “Killer” below.
The track serves as twigs’ first new music since the release of her mixtape, CAPRISONGS in January, and her Yung Lean collab, “Bliss,” in April. This new tune feels like the perfect balance of MAGDALENE and the upbeat, dance-worthy CAPRISONGS.
During her NPR Tiny Desk Set, not only did twigs play “Killer,” but she also played “home with you” and “cellophane.” The grand performance saw FKA twigs taking to a church as her backdrop alongside a violinist, cellist, and pianist.