Watch

Read

Listen

Go

Play

Shop

Community

Play (Lists)

New Single “Watercolours” by La Faute Brings the Canvas to Life Through Sound

Visual artist, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, La Faute paints a picture with music in her latest single, “Watercolours.”

La Faute - Watercolours - Album Art - Peggy Messing stands in the forefront of a city street with a grey sky lit by a lone streetlamp.

“Watercolours” is sung in something of a whisper. Le Faute vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Peggy Messing conjures similarities with Elizabeth Fraser, former lead singer of Cocteau Twins and vocalist/lyricist of “Teardrop,” performed with Massive Attack. 

Given that comparison, the tone of “Watercolours” might be described as ‘if Massive Attack performed with only acoustic instruments.’ The timbre of her voice and the complexity and thoughtfulness of the lyrics are amplified by gently plucked guitar. Spatially aware hand claps, upright bass, and kick drum all seem to take turns sharing the responsibility of the reflective mood of the song.

This kind of fluidity is best described by Peggy herself. “Watercolours are impossible to control when you’re painting, they won’t stay put, they never remain where you want them to,” she observes, describing how the final outcome of a watercolour painting is only once it has dried before continuing.

 “In the songwriting I was thinking about big, small, outside, inside points of view. I was picturing water on windowpanes, tears on cheeks, the rhythm of windshield wipers while driving in the rain. I was thinking about the main character of the song, the narrator, as a little sinister, is this song about love or is it unhealthy, unrequited obsession? I wonder if that feeling of infatuation bordering on obsession rings a bell with anyone. I wanted to teeter between a feeling of longing and a little bit of darkness.”

Find “Watercolours” on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture Playlist on Spotify and YouTube.

Daniel Warren Hill

Daniel Warren Hill is an American musician, writer, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the frontman for Washington DC area Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy, as co-founder of Capitol Groove Collective, and increasing the exposure of artists on a global scale through his work with Alchemical Records. 

Subscribe to Alchemical Records today to support our efforts online and in print. 

Join the Alchemical Records Street Team to promote these and other artists, live music, and music community organizations & events while receiving cool perks from artists throughout the region.

More to explore

A headshot of Aria Velz, wearing a blue button down.
Read

Lesbians, Theatre, and TikTok with Aria Velz

Aria Velz is a director, TikToker, and Lesbian Media Enthusiast based in the D.C. area. On November 2nd, she sat down with me to talk about it all, from her latest production at Olney Theatre Center to the things that lead to her little corner on TikTok.

On October 29th, Olney Theatre Center wrapped its run of Prince Gomolvilas’ ‘The Brothers Paranormal.’ The disconcerting, borderline terrifying production was co-directed by Olney’s Senior Associate Artistic Director, Hallie Gordon, and Velz herself. The show was one of the spookiest times I have had in a theatre in quite some time. It was evident that the show was a well researched labor of love.

Read More »