Lyricist, musician, singer and storyteller; Faultress writes songs offering a look into the fragmentation of feminine power, desire and mental health in a rapidly changing musical and cultural world. We caught up with her ahead of the release of her EP 5 Myths.
Lyric and beat-driven art-pop.
First up, tell us about yourself - what got you into music?
Well it’s been ingrained in me since the beginning really. My family always gathered around a guitar or these big old vintage speakers and listened to 60s music, dancing and singing. Plus my dad was an opera singer so I was always around really beautiful music.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from?
Well, I bang on about Kate Bush a lot but I also really got inspo from the trip hop acts from Bristol like Portishead and Massive Attack. There’s so many artists I could reference but I’ll leave it as that for now :)
How would you describe your musical style?
Lyric and beat-driven art-pop.
Well, it means ‘female criminal’ in ye olde English - I guess I wanted a name that implied female vulnerability and imperfection.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
Hmmm - wow. Probably James Blake although I doubt I’d get any work done due to all the fan-girling
Tell us about your EP 5 Myths. What’s it about?
It’s all about those myths surrounding womanhood - how we are supposed to look, feel and behave. It’s also about power and desire. I guess mostly I’d like people to take what they want from it though.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
It was all produced this year pretty quickly with my producer Josh Davenport. The songs themselves are a mix of brand new and written a few years ago. These just felt like the right songs to put together.
How does 5 Myths represent your style?
Lots of beats, lots of lyrics, hopefully gives you something to both dance a bit to and think about!
Can you talk us through each track?
Sure! ‘Marilyn’ is about only being valued for your outer shell. I wrote it out of coming out of very manipulative relationship where my skills and the way I dressed etc etc were the only thing they were interested in - Marilyn Monroe felt like an apt comparison.
‘Sanctuary’ is about those thought loops that can drag you into a depression - not being able to get over something and feeling like a ghost in your own, self-built haunted house.
‘Beating Heart’ is about not wanting to get emotionally attached in casual flings but oxytocin (the ‘love’ hormone) gets in the way!
‘Icarus’ is about never managing to achieve your dreams and trying to managing your ego.
‘Hood and Wolf’ is about power. So many times I’ve tacitly given my power to men when I should have kept it for myself.
What are your hopes for 5 Myths?
I just want to feel a connection with people. Don’t we all?
How’s 2020 looking?
Really fun!! A lot more music, a lot more video content and some GREAT gigs already lined up. Can’t wait to announce them but they’re secret for now.
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
Stop giving yourself a hard time.
Listen to Faultress on SoundCloud below. For news and tour dates go to faultress.com.