FAULT Issue 28 – the Structural Issue – is now available to order

We are pleased to announce that FAULT Issue 28 – The Structural Issue – is available to order NOW.

FAULT Magazine Issue 28 - Janelle Monáe and Macklemore

FAULT Issue 28 cover star Janelle Monáe was shot by David Yeo and styled by Rachel Holland. Macklemore was shot by Miles Holder and styled by Rachel Gold. Click here to pre-order your copy of this issue!

Official release: 23/04/17

FAULT Magazine – the Structural Issue – proudly presents exclusive shoots and interviews with:

Janelle Monáe (front cover)

Macklemore (reversible cover)

Daniel Bruhl

Tory Lanez

Dylan Sprouse

Tom Walker

Lottie Moss

Rhye

Until the Ribbon Breaks

Isaac Gracie

Ady Sulieman

Plus our usual FAULTless selection of the finest Film, Fashion, Music & Photography, inspired by the aesthetics of structure and the tenets of structuralism as we expand our horizons in 2018

This is your FAULT

 

FAULT MAGAZINE ISSUE 28 – THE STRUCTURAL ISSUE – IS AVAILABLE TO ORDER NOW

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Until The Ribbon Breaks: Exclusive shoot for FAULT Issue 28

Photography ALIX SPENCE

Styling BRITTON LITOW

Grooming ALEX FRENCH

Photo Assistant ASHTON RAE

Fashion Assistant LEONARD MURRY

 

Words: Kee Chang

Hailing from Wales and now residing in Los Angeles, Until the Ribbon Breaks is childhood friends Pete Lawrie-Winfield and Elliot Wall. Straight out of a golden era when the mixtape reigned supreme, the duo’s style embraces a love of old school hip-hop, pop and electronic beats, all cleverly interwoven to create lush soundscapes, accompanied by introspective songwriting, that defy easy categorization. It’s been three years since the tastemakers’ critically acclaimed debut LP, A Lesson Unlearnt, hit the airwaves. With their self-titled sophomore album, Until the Ribbon Breaks takes their inimitable audio-visuals into realms previously unexplored, including sobriety, which Winfield found halfway through the recording of their latest effort. FAULT sat down with the frontman for a very revealing conversation.

As a concept, Until the Ribbon Breaks is genius: alluding to the literal ribbons of VHS and cassette tapes that break with too much love and play. So that you could, as you say, “lodge a pencil into the reel hole and wind the ribbon back,” takes on new meaning upon hearing about your recent journey towards sobriety. When did you decide you would need to go public with this very personal detail?

It was never a conscious decision. For me, and perhaps unfortunately, there is no separation between myself and the work. Now thankfully on the other side of an incredibly tumultuous time, I am surprised, excited, and grateful that there is even a record to speak of. Much like our first album, I had no idea what the songs were about until the whole thing was finished. I don’t write and write and cherry-pick the best. I wish I could. Instead, I have to wait for the songs to come, all in direct reference to something that has happened or is happening in my life. It really is music as therapy. I’m a British man so this is the only way I know how to talk about my feelings!

Was there any significance to self-titling the new album, maybe as a renewal for the music?

Great question. As you said at the beginning, our name originally alluded to the idea of the cassette and VHS tapes of our youth and how we would wear it out, listening and watching over and over again the magic we had discovered. This new record was born out of huge highs and lows, and huge personal shifts. Suddenly, it felt like the name meant something new. It’s about courage and strength—humanity. We keep going, keep trying, until the ribbon breaks, until we have no more left to give.

You recently gave your first live performance sober as a recovering alcoholic of fifteen years. Heading into that show you said, “You start being honest, you get honesty back.” Just how different was that experience?

If there is a therapy to relieve anxiety and its resulting depression, I have tried it, from more traditional Western forms like CBT (cognitive-behavioural therapy) and counseling to more holistic and spiritual Eastern practises such as meditation and even Ayahuasca. As better as things have become, one thing I have never learnt is that the idea of something, the build up and the anticipation, is what creates the fear. It is just your imagination running free and unfortunately choosing the worst, rather than the best case scenarios. That is an incredibly long way of saying that the show was an amazing, beautiful experience. I was terrified, but crucially, so what? I was at least present and experiencing all of the feelings that come with standing in front of a room full of people and telling them things you wouldn’t tell your mother or therapist. For the first time, I felt truly connected to the music in the moment.

You got sober halfway through the recording of this new album. Did that change the songwriting?

Drastically! It is unintentionally a record of two halves. I suppose “One Match” and “Use Me Up” are the most indicative of a dark time and written in the centre of the storm, whereas songs such as “Meru” and “Petrichor” were written during the pink cloud, the eventual and very real relief of early recovery. Sonically and lyrically, there was a hopeful uplift and an audible shift in mood.

Could you use the track “One Match” to give us more insight into how all of the ingredients came together? You sing, “Just one match to burn it all down.” It’s powerful. What does that mean to you?

There is a lyric in the verse: “A sugar cube in water, your life in your fingertips, is that all you think this is?” It was a song written when I really knew that something had to change, but I just didn’t know how. It’s a cry for help to myself, I realise that now. That verse lyric and the chorus lyric you mention allude to the idea that, in addiction, you are quite simply self-harming. And to what end? Lives can be and are ruined by the disease of addiction and it is easier than you would think to tear your entire life down.

When you’re in the process of writing and recording, how much of that is about reflecting on what you’re going through and how much of it is your way of maybe trying to dig yourself out of them?

Another great question. I have never even considered that. I think I have always been a bit of a contradiction in terms of privacy and sharing. In my private life, I keep myself to myself and reticent to talk about personal matters with friends and family. The contradiction being that, in writing and in songs and even in things such as this, I seem to be able to be unfiltered and honest, even to a fault. This interview is like some kind of strange therapy, so thank you, I think. Usually, I’m not aware that I’m writing a lyric until it’s done. They are very stream of consciousness. I often wonder where a line comes from, where it starts. The music is work. We work to mould and shape it, change it, and question it. The words flow more. It almost feels as if I just get out of their way.

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FAULT Weekly Playlist: Laura Brehm

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Singer/Songwriter and Colorado native, Laura Brehm has slowly but surely carved out a name for herself with a slew of collaborations with some of today’s most sought after producers. Now ready to step into the limelight herself, Laura reveals her own sophisticated sound that combines folk and electronic notes that create an ephemeral feel. We asked Laura to put together a playlist of some of her current favorite songs that includes Royksopp and fellow newcomer Ofelia K. Take a listen below.

Kolesce – For a Minute

“Charlotte Haining and Champion teamed up to form Kolesce and this is their very first single! I was instantly addicted to this sound. The touch of electric guitar in the buildup and the future pop mellow vibes in the chorus are so pleasant. My favorite thing about it is Charlotte’s vocal performance.”

Royksopp – Never Ever

“This contemporary electronic duo that refers to themselves as a two-headed Norwegian monster are one of my all time favorite bands in general, but their latest track ‘Never Ever’ really stood out to me in particular. The emotion they can portray with female vocals and synthesizers is unparalleled.”

Ofelia K – Another World

“I had never heard of Ofelia K until I came across this song while listening to the popular Hype Machine chart a few weeks ago, but I am definitely a fan of hers now! This track is very organic but can still work within the electronic music realm; and this tends to be my favorite style of music. I love the plucked string instruments in the chorus that give it a nice folky vibe.”

Koven – Everything

“Lush, deep, hauntingly beautiful; just a few descriptive words that always come to mind when listening to Koven. They’ve been one of my favorite EDM artists for years, and now they’ve started to release on Monstercat. I’m very excited to hear their new material and it’s only getting better!”

Rich Edwards ft. Park Avenue – For You

“This song has been on repeat since it came out a few months ago. The vocal melodies and lyrics are so captivating and it meshes perfectly with the production. Park Avenue is definitely a songwriter/vocalist to watch out for in the near future.”

Bare Noize & AFK ft. Anna Yvette – Elemental

“Anna Yvette writes and performs the most powerful and epic vocals in the EDM scene. This song definitely supports this claim as her vocal layers soar over the unique chord progressions, classically influenced synth leads and classic dubstep bass. It all comes together beautifully!”

Kerli – Feral Hearts

“I’m a huge fan of everything Kerli has done, especially her latest work. I love the strings, piano and electronic production as well as the imagery and themes that her lyrics convey. The music video for this song is also one of the most visually stunning pieces of work I’ve ever seen!”

Direct & Elliot Berger – Anticipation

“When I’m not working on music, I really enjoy listening to calm and relaxing music. This is a great example of that. Piano is also one of my favorite instruments, and the skillful piano work in this serene. It’s also a great mix of Direct and Elliot Berger’s styles.”

Phantogram – Fall in Love (Until the Ribbon Breaks Re-imagination)

“I heard this song playing in a movie theater lobby and immediately had to use Shazam to find out what it was. Turns out, it’s a remix of one of my favorite bands, Phantogram. The re-imagination is a more chilled out version than the striking original mix, and I think it brings out more of the romantic essence in ‘Fall in Love’ as well.”

Reflekt – Need to Feel Loved (Adam K and Soha Remix)

“All of the tracks on this playlist are songs that I’ve found recently, so I wanted to add one that has been a favorite for years. This classic progressive house tune is perfect for listening to while driving, looking out the window from an airplane, or just day dreaming. It perfectly captures that in-love feeling.”