FKA twigs’ Melissa and Arca’s Xen: Defiantly Dysmorphic Essences

Stage names often lend musicians a sense of post-human mystery, rendering them, by their own accord, Other. By calling oneself a name other than one’s own, the artist denies a universal human nomenclatural norm. There’s an immediate air of mystery, and a rejection of the quotidian: if Lady Gaga, for example, had always gone by Stefani Germanotta, it would have been far more difficult to buy into little monster-dom (although the current, U2-and-Tony-Bennett...

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