Before she got internet-famous by making music on her own, FKA twigs worked as a dancer in other artists’ videos. “Video Girl,” a song from her stunning debut album LP1, is about the feeling of being recognized as “the girl from the video.” Now, things have come full-circle, and she’s made her own video for “Video Girl.” It is nothing like any of the videos she ever danced in. Instead, it’s an unsettling black-and-white short film with big ideas about sex and death and movement. In the clip, twigs stands in an observation room, calmly watching a lethal injection. She also imagines herself into the room with the body, twitching and whirling her way around it. And then there are some fucked-up grainy visions, as well, with twigs covered in metal cyborg jewelry and a dude with a mouthful of blood. Kahlil Joseph directs. It’s a hard video to wrap your mind around, but you can watch it below.
LP1 is out now on Young Turks.