Just when you thought all the love and romance was done and dealt with after Valentine’s Day last weekend, nary a week passes and ‘Good To Love’ arrives to drag you back in. Though, come on, love and romance is all year round, you can’t pocket away in but one day out of three hundred and sixty five and a quarter. Besides, it’s the artist formerly known as twigs, this isn’t some soppy schmooze and schmaltz love and romance; this is the pained, aching, and yearning variety of love and romance, with added lust. Oh, and the song’s beautiful to boot.
Continuing with her growing penchant for surprise releases – most notably expressed via last year’s sublime and cerebral M3LL15X EP – the enigmatic and alien FKA twigs unveiled her latest surprise this past week. Arriving with little fanfare, aside from the inevitable fanfare that followed, latest single ‘Good To Love’ dropped with its accompanying self-directed video to rapturous applause. I imagine anyway. The audience in my brain applauded. Actually, they kind of all initially lulled, closed their eyes, sighed, and felt ways about stuff. Then they applauded.
The song itself is perhaps one of twigs’ most straightforward songs yet, and that description may have some expressing concerns of her going commercial. However, to those feeling a little anxious I say don’t be so daft. Now shut up and listen, because this song is sincerely stunning, with production from twigs and Rick Nowels that’s both delicate and lush underneath an especially emotive vocal performance. The track steadily, but subtly, intensifies over its runtime and the production becomes quietly more intricate and dense as if to verify that this is no conformity. Let’s hope for another surprise soon.
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