Colourful and unique, LA. Faithfull has released her new single Heart Back, a gut-wrenching pop smash with a clear, vulnerable message, available now. This exciting newcomer has also released a raw, expressive video that conveys the truth behind the song through dance and visuals, and this effective clip has already racked up over 50,000 plays since its release.
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Jen asks L.A. Faithful her favourite things and below are the answers
1.Snowboarding is one of my favourite things! I’ve always been bad at sports so when I tried snowboarding I was thinking this is going to be terrible, haha! But I actually picked it up really quickly and then I became obsessed! We went to the snow almost every weekend last season and I play shows up there most seasons! I really love going to Queenstown to board, it’s my favourite place in the world, plus when you’re on the slopes you have an excuse to have a cheeky mid-morning cider – we call it liquid courage, you always board better after haha!
2. Tattoos… obviously I’m covered but they are my favourite thing in the world! Each one has a special place in my heart! My favourite is my portrait of my cat Ursula who was this gorgeous British Blue with orange eyes. She is always with me now and it makes me smile. I guess tattoos are my favourite thing because it’s such a beautiful form of expression and I really like that it challenges peoples ideals of what is acceptable or “beautiful”.
3. Peanut Butter!!! Oh my god, I eat it on everything, crackers, carrot sticks, straight from the jar, doesn’t matter! It’s the best!
Me too! I love Reece’s pieces and peanut butter ice cream. Yum!
4.The water, there is something really cleansing about it, when you’re tired or stressed and you dive into cold water, and whether it be ocean or pool, when you come back up it feels calm. I actually sometimes drive to the beach, dive in once and go home again – it’s like my body needs the water, probably why I’ve always lived by the beach!
5. Cactus/cacti, I have a balcony at my place and I have literally squeezed as many different species of cacti on there that I can haha! I just love them! I think I’ve got 30! One of them is like 4 metres tall and my best friend helped me “borrow” a cutting of it from a nature strip in a busy Melbourne street…shhhhhh! Don’t tell anyone but it was so funny! It was like midnight and there are these 2 tattooed girls in the middle of the nature strip trying to snap of this piece of cacti arm, with a pair of jeans we were using as like a lever to pull on it so we didn’t get spiked, anyway I just wanted a little piece and this massive arm snapped off! We had to drive home with it hanging out the car window, it was one of my favourite memories!
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Heart Back is raw, in every sense of the word. Produced by the legends at M Squared Productions (NUSSY, Imogen Brough), and evocative of Amy Shark’s heavy, hip-hop inspired beats, Heart Back is some seriously fresh pop from LA. Faithfull, otherwise known as Lisa Anne Faithfull. The chorus soars, with sharp, synth-laden production that nods towards Lorde’s renowned debut LP Pure Heroine, and Faithfull’s voice is the soft, reassuring comfort throughout. The song was inspired by a difficult time in her life, as she reflects, “Heart Back is about the moment when you fall apart and realise that maybe no one will ever be able to put back together those tiny pieces of your heart that feel like they are lost when tragedy strikes. I actually wrote the lyrics the night I found out my dad had prostate cancer…I was going through the motions of looking at my dad’s face when he had to tell us, and watching my mum’s reaction of pure fear – and then feeling that it will never be the same again…even when you have good days, you’re always worried about the next bit of bad news.”
The clip for Heart Back is stark; set in a grey, industrial landscape, yet manages to show that beauty can exist and thrive in any dark situation. Faithfull stands alone, in this concrete space, surrounded by the lyrics of the song written in chalk across the walls. A skillful dancer expressively moves through the space, interpreting the music in a way that words could never. Speaking about the process of making the clip, Faithfull says, “The idea is that the white, concrete space represents the mind. We spent hours covering the walls, pillars and floor with the lyrics of the song, which represents the feeling of anxiety – where you’re trapped in your mind going over and over your thoughts. The dancing represents the pain, and sometimes the dance is beautiful but that’s because I feel that sometimes pain isn’t ugly. The camera angles and filming were the reason I asked the incredibly talented Connor Dalton (Slowly Slowly) to film it. He’s one of my best friends and has a incredible eye for angles, and while some people might have all set shots and steady shots, instead for us the camera is constantly moving like a whirlwind, which is how this song feels in my head.”
With a tour set to be announced shortly, this thrilling indie pop artist cannot wait to show the world what she was born to do, saying “As a kid growing up with anxiety I was awkward, had almost no social skills and my mind would run 24/7. But…put me onstage with a mic and it was like silence – no anxiety at all, and it just felt like home! The stage is one of the only places my mind is still, calm and silent, and maybe that’s why I’m so drawn to being onstage!”
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