UK artists FKA Twigs and Central Cee have collaborated on the track ‘Measure of a Man’ for the upcoming 20th Century film “The King’s Man.” The Matthew Vauhn directed film is set in the early 1900s as a lone man must fight against the clock to prevent history’s most notorious tyrants from plotting a war that would bring the end to millions. The elevated class of the track is paired with a music video directed by Diana Kunst. It incorporates exclusive footage from “The King’s Man” at the start and end as the film’s characters intensely watch an old projector. The subject of what they’re watching: FKA Twigs.
The video is cinematic in its own right, theatrically curated to amplify the sultry intensity of classic spy films. Shots are cut between the iconic silhouette backdrop of a seductive Twigs and a seamlessly curated fencing dance battle. On the track Twigs comments,
“This song has such a different sound which is a challenge, you’ve got to really embody the song. For me especially with my vocals, I had to pull a different side of my artistry out.”
While she has tapped into the vocal style of a silver screen starlet, Twigs showcases her trademark performance skills as she captivates the frame. There is disciplined fluidity to Twigs as her movements feel so purposeful and yet she oozes free expression. Halfway through, Twigs is joined by Central Cee, who brings a dynamic edge with his soulful rap, “It’s the manners that make a man/But the hammers that break a man.” Both have an aura of sophistication to their performances, but it’s hard-hitting and in your face. They’re in control and the deep provocative dark tones only elevate the drama of this artistic endeavor.
Check out the exceedingly cunning music video for ‘Measure of a Man’ below and be sure to see a “The King’s Man” in theaters starting December 22, 2021.