On Jan. 14, British singer-songwriter FKA Twigs released her highly anticipated new mixtape, Caprisongs. Ahead of the 17-track project’s release, Twigs shared a series of tweets detailing the creation process and inspirations, opening up about the months leading up to Caprisongs‘ big day.
“In the first lockdown I called around my team hinting that maybe I had hit the end of the road making music and putting my insides on blast how I have done for the last few years, it felt nice playing with the idea of not creating for the world,” the singer wrote. “I listened to podcasts and spoke to my friends loads on FaceTime, isolating alone I would pop my girlfriends on loud speaker and potter around my house listening to them natter on about this and that.”
Twigs continued to explain the effects that the pandemic and its subsequent lockdowns had on her: “As our lives got smaller and there was less to talk about I found the search for connection and even the most simple conversations incredibly comforting. When I went out I would find myself listening in on other people talking and imagining what it would be like to hang out with those nattering strangers. I loved catching sound bytes of the world around me and filling in the blanks, my imagination was set alight. I started recording my friends talking and weaved it through the mixtape like a narrative of my healing. Having such wonderful people around me to laugh with. Made me feel lucky.”
The singer then shared a heartfelt note for listeners who may also have been struggling during that time and those who continue to. “If you are lonely or feel isolated or void of encouragement by your immediate circle you can borrow my friends on the mixtape,” Twigs wrote. She added, “I have fallen back in love with music, danger, trying new things, sex, love, raves. Caprisongs is my journey back to myself through my amazing collaborators and friends.”
Check out every track on Caprisongs ahead.