Faultress has today premiered her new single titled ‘Sleep Child’ on Jammerzine. Faultress is an artist that, in my opinion, was most likely original from that first note she gave to the world. And, with ‘Sleep Child’, that is only asserted even more. ‘Sleep Child’ has a dark and brooding sound. An emotional statement wrapped in a cinematic declaration in an almost operatic way, emotionally. Think Kate Bush meets subtle early Nine Inch Nails.To be honest, I actually thought the song was shorter than it was because of the way the music and Faultress’ beautiful vocals carry you. But no. The song is almost four minutes. When you lose track of time, its because you got lost in the moment. This was a moment.
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The haunting and quietly cinematic introduction of Sleep Child continues to set the dream-like tone for Faultress’s debut album, Nocturnes. A song for single mothers, the track’s darkly ethereal swells and ostinato swirls envelope a deeply heartwrenching vocal that calls out in the name of personal sacrifice and loneliness. The increasingly lush strings merge and mix with distant industrial sound effects to create a beautiful yet terrifying thriller of a track, reaching its peak in a break into arpeggiated piano and choral drones.
“What is she to you? Look at what she’s given up.”Faultress
“What is she to you? Look at what she’s given up.”
Musically reminiscent of Kate Bush, Burial and James Blake but altogether unique, Faultress offers us a left field, feminine style of electronica, one in which the deepest of human vulnerability takes center stage while filmic sound effects create an eerie and theatrical scenography around it. The results is something greatly moving yet with uplifting, epic resolution.
Nocturnes sings to the monsters under the bed and is a musical object of both beauty and terror. All songs are produced by Joshua Davenport (Peaky Blinders OST), and mixed by Dom Howard (Submotion Orchestra).
Faultress is an extinct word for a female criminal, and this musical project roots itself at the heart of her unpolished faults and imperfections. As an artist, Faultress embodies the challenge to heterodoxy implied in her name, which she wields as a firebrand to write incisive and psychological songs that offer us a look into the complex fragmentation of the female condition and mental health in a rapidly changing musical and cultural world.
Faultress’s prime influence is Kate Bush, a soul she shares a love of theatricality with – Faultress has a playwriting MA from RADA – alongside a diverse set of multidisciplinary influences that includes the likes of James Blake, Sylvia Plath, FKA Twigs and Angela Carter.
Her full banshee show is a six-part girl choir replete with synths and drums. In her solo shows Faultress plays piano and loop stations.
With the release of her debut album Nocturnes, she reveals herself something of a polymath: lyricist, musician, singer and storyteller employing the full spectrum of her skillset to make unforgettably charged music.