Concert events on the annual Crimson Bull New York Music Pageant at all times have a limited-edition high quality — the reveals almost at all times are both distinctive or held in uncommon venues which can be chosen as a result of they improve the visible facet of the efficiency. In 2017 Solange — accompanied by round 100 dancers — took over all the Guggenheim Museum for a pair of eye-popping reveals round her Grammy-winning album “A Seat on the Desk,” and in 2013 James Murphy and his DFA label colleagues staged a 12th anniversary live performance/DJ set at Brooklyn’s gorgeously garish Grand Prospect Corridor (which was such a terrific setting that his buddies in Arcade Fireplace used it for a livestreamed Apple Music live performance 4 years later).
On Saturday and Sunday, FKA Twigs returned from a protracted musical hibernation together with her all-new “Magdalene” manufacturing, that includes a number of new songs, on the gargantuan 55,000-square foot drill corridor of the ornate Park Avenue Armory, which was inbuilt 1877. The present was just like the one which premiered in Los Angeles final week — however the setting was not.
Whereas she’s launched a collection of well-received EPs of offbeat digital pop, there’s little query that FKA Twigs — aka 31-year-old Tahliah Debrett Barnett — is primarily a visible artist: She’s a world-class dancer (as evidenced by her starring function in final yr’s gorgeous Spike Jonze-directed Apple Homepod advert) with a canny sense of fashion and self-presentation that lands someplace between Bjork and Solange. This present, preceded by her NSFW, pole-dancing video for her new single “Cellophane,” took benefit of the cavernous corridor’s dimensions not with props or flying objects, however by treating it as a type of large display screen: Because the viewers entered the dimly lit corridor, it wasn’t even clear precisely the place the stage was (as a result of it was obscured by a towering, 70-odd-foot-tall black curtain), and the stage was revealed steadily by way of the 90-minute present.
After the home lights dimmed, FKA Twigs parted the curtains and carried out the opening “Cover” in entrance of them; for the subsequent track, “Water Me,” she was joined by 4 lithe dancers; subsequent, the curtains parted to disclose extra curtains, with photos of clouds projected onto them. So it went for the subsequent a number of songs, the sluggish rhythms giving FKA and her dancers loads of room for sinewy steps and gestures and gravity-defying, trick-of-the-eye synchronized actions — and in some ways this was extra of a dance efficiency than a live performance. Whereas FKA Twigs’ music is atmospheric and haunting and led by her excessive, breathy and distinctive singing, it was usually upstaged by the visuals right here; it was virtually the obverse of a standard live performance, in that the music was virtually a backdrop for the visible presentation.
Towards the tip of the set, a final stage of curtains dropped, revealing an enormous set of stacked glass containers with musicians and dancers inside — just like those used just lately by Lorde and Kanye West’s Youngsters See Ghosts — to gasps from the gang.
The present wound down with FKA Twigs performing the steamy, NSFW pole dance from her new single for the track “Two Weeks,” ending with an upside-down break up; the track concluded with dazzling, flashing pink lights, which made for an much more dazzling impact as they illuminated mylar confetti falling from the ceiling. She completed the set quietly on the entrance of the stage, performing a quiet model of her new single “Cellophone” in within the final of a number of costumes, this one an virtually Alice in Wonderland-like regal robe.
On the set’s finish she addressed the gang for the primary time, thanking them and blowing kisses as she was joined by her dancers and musicians for a curtain name — and because the large black curtain closed, they may all be seen hugging one another euphorically, understanding they’d flawlessly executed an enormously difficult efficiency.