FAULT Favourite Flo Morrissey releases debut album ‘Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful’

 

FAULT Favourite Flo Morrissey, who we featured for FAULT Online in March, will be releasing her debut album ‘Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful‘ next week, on Monday 15th June (Glassnote Records.)

Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful, (Glassnote Records), released June 15th

Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful, (Glassnote Records), released June 15th

We were able to have a listen to the record before Flo releases it into the world and it is a remarkably strong statement for a debuting artist (especially one who is only 20 years old.) Her voice is haunting and unique, richly retro-inspired, and hallmarked with the influence of Kate Bush, Devendra Banhart, Bjork, and Jeff Buckley. Her lyrics have a child-like fragility, and we see her exploring the journey into adulthood (especially pertinent given that she herself is on the cusp of a similar leap into the spotlight.) ‘Pages of Gold‘ and ‘Show Me‘ are statement tracks, with pop-power and surging melodies, whilst ‘Wildflower‘ and title-track ‘Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful‘ are somehow both ghostly and anthemic- an unexpected and beautiful balancing act. ‘Why’ almost teeters too far into fairytale-territory, with it’s lilting melody reminiscent of the Disney score for Sleeping Beauty (perhaps this particular reference says more about me than Morrissey), but its searching vocals are intriguing and anchor the track in emotion and experience. It is impossible to ignore the force of Morrissey’s artistry, and just how enchanting her voice truly is. Full of range, story-telling character, and effortless stylistic variations, we have no doubt she will continue to captivate as this album finally reaches its eagerly-awaiting public.

Revisit our exclusive feature with Flo here, with photographs by Kurtiss Lloyd.

Flo Morrissey, photographed exclusively for FAULT Online by Kurtiss Lloyd in March 2015.

Flo Morrissey, photographed exclusively for FAULT Online by Kurtiss Lloyd in March 2015.

The Pierces – INTERVIEW AND PHOTOSHOOT FOR FAULT ONLINE

American sisters Allison and Catherine Pierce are The Pierces, who came to the forefront in 2011 with their album You & I. Three years in the making, The Pierces are back with their brand of catchy melodies
and strong lyrics. The first two singles Believe in Me and Kings have whet the appetite for their much anticipated release of ‘Creation’, which is scheduled for a 1st September release. Back here in London, The Pierces sat down with FAULT Online to discuss the album and their plans for the future.

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FAULT: How have the last three years been for the two of you?

Allison: It’s had its ups and downs, but it’s really gone quickly, we still can’t believe it’s been 3 years. We moved to LA, and we made a new record. It’s been good, we started making the record and we had a slight false start; we started with one producer, and the chemistry just wasn’t right…so we had a little moment of ‘What are we going to do? Are we going to get dropped?’, because the music industry is so shaky these days, you never know what’s going to happen – but then we got back on track and we started recording with Christian ‘Leggy’ Langdon and it just started to feel right, it just started to feel natural and that’s when you know it’s the right thing.

 

Have you found your careers change since the release of ‘You and I’ in 2011?

Catherine: I think our comfort level changed emotionally – we struggled for so long and then when we finally had that success it feels really good, really rewarding in every way – it was a nice, satisfied feeling…but then there was a lot of pressure to follow that up

 

What inspired the name ‘Creation’ for the album?

Allison: It’s one of the songs on the record and also we felt it was a really big, beautiful word that holds a lot of different meanings to different people and a lot of different meanings in general – the record is a creation of ours and life is a constant creation, we’re all constantly creating and I think it’s a really beautiful word.

 

What are your biggest musical influences and have they changed since you first started out?

Catherine: I think we still love a lot of the music we grew up listening to and we had a really broad range. We listen to what our parents love – they love The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Simon and Garfunkel, so we grew up on that. We also loved what was on the ‘Top 40’, like Madonna, Prince, Michael Jackson – so I think we drew from lots of different kinds of music, and I still enjoy tons of different genres. If you ask me what kind of music I like, I say ‘good music’!

 

Given that the two of you don’t write your songs together, how does the writing process unfold?

Catherine: We put forward what we have, and see what works together and see what makes a complete picture – a lot of the songs I wrote, we were like ‘this is good but it’s not right for the record’ – so we bring it together and see what fits

 

What led you to choosing Kings and Believe In Me as the first two singles?

Allison: It was a really difficult decision trying to pick the first single, and everyone has an opinion – and you just never know what’s the best song to choose – you just kind of have to pick one and see what happens! Because nobody really knows what is the best song to put out first or second, or third.

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What direction would you like to see the two of you head towards musically?

Catherine: You always go in with ideas, and then they always change so we could tell you something now – I think we both want to do solo records, and I feel that’s where we feel we could probably veer off a little bit more.

Alison: I would probably do something folkier and Catherine would do something a bit experimental.

 

How do you reflect back on your journey, and what lessons do you take going forward?

Catherine: I think you learn over time that something can come into your world that seems great and turns out to be not so good, or vice versa – so I think we’ve learnt to not take anything too seriously and just know it’s going to pass and it kind of gives you a Zen perspective on life – don’t take the highs with the lows too seriously

 

How have you found it as sisters working together?

Catherine: I think it’s probably the most challenging thing we’ve ever experienced, but it’s also really beneficial and if you’re in a relationship with someone and you’re being creative with someone, you’re going to be met with challenges and you have the opportunity to say ‘Fuck you’, ‘you’re pissing me off’, ‘I hate you’ and backing down from that and not growing, or the option of facing it and rising and growing – and it’s really hard but it’s good because it pushes us to be better people, because we do see each other’s faults! – and we challenge each other and call each other out on stuff…

Is there anyone you would like to collaborate with?

Allison: I would love to work with Daniel Lanois, if I were to make a solo record – or Rick Rubin

Catherine: I find the best stuff that we’ve made have been with our friends – the last 3 records we made were with people we knew and love

Allison: They happened to be very talented friends C: (laughs)Yeah make sure your friends are highly talented and you’re good! – But then you have a connection and if you’re in the room with someone that you idolise, you might be intimidated and not be able to give your best – you need to work with people that draw out your best, and I don’t necessarily know who that is until I’m working with them….so try them all!

 

What is your FAULT?

Catherine: I worry too much, but I’m working on it!

Allison: I could probably push myself harder in some ways!

 

Photography- Miles Holder

Words: Kevin Lyster

Makeup – Emma Miles using MAC Cosmetics 

Hair – Natalie Viner

Pixie Lott announces release date for eponymous third album

 

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Following the release of her single ‘Nasty’ in March, Pixie Lott has announced her next album will be released on the 4th August.

The self-titled album, Pixie Lott, was recorded between London and New York and is said to have been heavily influenced by 1960s soul, with songs from the era used as samples, blended into modern beats.

Check out the video for ‘Nasty’  below – and look out for more from Pixie in FAULT over the next few weeks!

 

Iggy Azalea announces release date for debut album, ‘The New Classic’

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On the 21st April, Australian sensation Iggy Azalea will be releasing her long-awaited debut album ‘The New Classic’, following a fairly extraordinary year that has seen her garner two Top 20 singles, over 1Million followers on Instagram and YouTube views totaling 50Million.

For a pre-album artist, these statistics are pretty staggering, but then so is Azalea’s music (and, it has to be said, her visuals). She first burst onto the scene with the track Work, accompanied by a high-octane video that sent social media into a frenzy. Her track Pu$$y was yet another viral sensation, and Change Your Life (featuring rapper T.I.) made it into the Top 10 in the UK.

With production credits including Timbaland, writing by the likes of pop phenomenon Katy Perry, and guest vocals from Rita Ora and dancehall legend Mavado, this album looks set for success. Azalea has given herself a lot of hype to live up to, but given her unstoppable climb thus far, she has reason to be sure of herself. We have a good feeling about this one…

Check her latest video for Fancy, featuring FAULT Issue 16 Music cover star Charlie XCX, here:

Exclusive Kate Nash Interview for FAULT Issue 14

You can spend your life biting down on one thing. You can waste all of your time on one idea. You can get your little brain into one big mess.” Kate Nash’s third album, Girl Talk, unravels with these words, and in so many ways, it’s telling as to why she chose to transform herself so much, so fast.

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photography VICTORIA STEVENS, styling LISA NGUYEN, hair/makeup LYDIA FOSTER

 

FAULT: Does it worry you that existing fans might fade away while you’re accumulating new ones with this big change?

Kate: For me, the previous albums were time capsules.  Even with the new album, that’s what it is.  It’s not like I can’t relate to it after it’s in the past, because I do, and I can enjoy [fans] looking at them in that way.

Your music videos have been at the forefront along with your music since the very beginning. We all perked up when we saw your collaborations with Kinga Burza, who directed many of your earlier videos. How did that come about?

Back at the time, Kinga was very influential, but right now I’m working with Lee Jones.  I feel like I’ve made the best videos that I’ve ever done with him.  I feel like we’ve connected very easily, and you find people where you don’t have to talk about all the details because you just make that connection.  I just shot the video for “3AM”, and I think it’s the best one that we’ve done.

Why the powerful anthems for women now with Girl Talk?
I think it has always been there.  I have always wanted to empower women.  I think it has a lot to do with ageing, too.  I’m older now, and I feel more in control of what I’m doing.  I have my own label now, too.  It takes time to figure out who you are and who you want to work with.

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James Blake Album Review

James Blake’s second album Overgrown was released on the 8th April having reached #1 in the iTunes Electronic Album chart with the pre-order.

Described as “eponymous, virtuosic and genre-bending” this latest offering branches out from his previous album drawing on a wide range of influences and styles.  Blake’s music has been classed as “post-dubstep” and on tracks like Life Round Here we can definitely hear some urban hip-hop flavours. Aside from this Blake’s classical background and soul music inspirations come forward and present themselves with a warm vocal display, beautiful chords and tonal shifts in many of the tracks.  His subtle and self-aware use of vocal sampling and auto tune give a sensitive vibe.

Favourite tracks:

I Am Sold is piano-based at the start, then switches halfway through to a bass-fuelled drum beat, accompanied throughout by wailing vocals through crackling static.

Voyeur also changes halfway through from romantic piano melodies to disco house beats with the introduction of a cow bell.  This is quite different from what many of us are used to hearing from the artist.

His successful single Retrograde makes easy listening because of the underlying soul track and haunting vocals.

Some of the tracks on Overgrown seem to be almost trance-inspired.  The final song Our Love Comes Back makes use of techno sounds to accomany the piano tune.

With the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z and Stevie Wonder rating this album, it is 100% worth the listen.  Each time it offers something new.

James Blake is making his second appearance at Coachella this weekend on Sunday 21st April and is currently touring the US.

Words by Joelle Thurston

GRIZZLY BEAR PREMIERE “YET AGAIN,” NEW SINGLE FROM FORTHCOMING LP ‘SHIELDS’

Grizzly Bear have recently revealed their new single, ‘Yet Again’, which featured as Huw Stephens’ ‘Hottest Record in the World’. The track is taken from their new album entitled ‘Shields’ which will be released on September 7th. The band is also set to perform the song on leading US satirical show, ‘The Colbert Report’ this month as part of StePhest Colbchella RocktAugustfest, taking place aboard the USS Intrepid.

Shields’ is the band’s follow up album to their 2009 release of ‘Veckatimest’, which sold over 30,000 copies in its first week and debuted within the top ten of the US Billboard 200. 

Grizzly Bear are are set to headline End of the Road Festival in Dorset on September 1st before kicking off an international tour on September 16th, which will see the band also headline at the Brixton Academy on October 22nd which is a massive and well deserved achievement for the band.

Keep an eye out for more on Grizzly Bear in FAULT Fall…

For full UK tour dates please visit Grizzly Bear’s Official Site

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Jimmy Cliff-Rebirth Review

 

Jimmy Cliff, the man that helped popularise Reggae music worldwide in the early 1970’s is back with his new uplifting album entitled Rebirth

First gaining worldwide acclaim for starring in and recording the title soundtrack to hit movie ‘The Harder They Come’ he helped deliver true authentic reggae music to the masses. Other notable soundtrack credits include the rerecording of ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ for the 1993 movie ‘Cool Runnings’ and ‘Hakuna Matata’ from Disney’s ‘The Lion King’

Rebirth was recorded in collaboration with Grammy award winning producer Tim Armstrong of the punk band Rancid and takes on current issues with an authentic yet also contemporary reggae style.

 

Opening track, ‘World Upside Down’ tackles key issues in today’s society to a swinging calypso beat backed by lively strings and a smooth organ arrangement. This being said, none of the arrangements dampen the message Cliff is trying to convey as he croons “ecological calamity, economic instability, what’s wrong with humanity? Have they lost their sanity?” Each lyric is delivered with clarity and straight to the point but without the song becoming preachy.

‘Children’s Bread’ speaks of the injustice Cliff witnessed on his tour of Africa with lyrics such as, “They took the children’s bread and give it to the dogs.” Such harsh words are sang in the smoothest of voices, much like his 1970 release of protest song ‘Vietnam’ he is able to tell the most horrific of stories within the most soothing of tones.

Along with his original tracks on the album he has also included 2 covers. In reaction to the uprisings in the Middle East and the London riots of last summer when the album was being recorded, Cliff has covered Clash’s classic ‘Guns in Brixton’ with his own reggae twist. Rancid’s punk track ‘Ruby Soho’ also gets a complete overhaul. Drained of its punk roots it has been ‘Reborn’ as a credible reggae anthem.

Arguably track ‘One more’ is the real stand out track of the album. Both the album recording and all the live performances on the web are sung with such energy and fire, proving that true musical talent knows no age.

 

Rebirth’ is filled with passionate and meaningful tracks that shows that Cliff at the age of 64 still has much to offer the music industry. Not an elderly man longing for the glory days but an inspirational educator that still recalls the power that music has had and still CAN have over its listeners. A true genius of his field and still a pioneering figure in the modern reggae movement. He needn’t release this album to reaffirm his status but we at Fault are incredibly thankful that he did.

Words: Miles Holder