FKA Twigs had a breakout year in 2014 with one of the year’s best albums, some of the most avant-garde production, and a number of boundary-pushing videos—including a brilliant commercial for Google Glass. She’s showing no signs of slowing down in 2015 and has today released, via MTV, her self-directed video for “Pendulum,” a fan favorite from her debut album.
Twigs’ videos always rely on extreme imagery for their symbolism, and this one’s no different. In the song, Twigs recalls a lover only “wanting her in open spaces,” so here she creates a dangerous exhibitionist’s fantasy: She hangs from the ceiling, tied up in her own impossibly long braided hair, dangling like the swinging weight of the song’s title—until she’s suspended in a dancer’s pose over a pool of metallic liquid. Only in FKA Twigs’ surrealist world would that pool then set her free.