Rosi Croom has a new project called Faultress, and it is breathtaking.
— Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
Faultress, n. a female criminal (1838)
Faultress is an extinct word for a female criminal. In this project, a flawed and sinful Faultress lays herself bare: vulnerable and imperfect.
Her persona embodies the challenge to heterodoxy implied in her name, which she wields as a firebrand in incisive, psychological songs that offer a window on the complex fragmentation of feminine power, desire, and mental health in a rapidly changing musical and cultural context. Faultress’ clearest influence may be Kate Bush, a soul with whom she shares a love of theatricality, but buried in her work is a diversity of reference points that includes the likes of James Blake, Aldous Harding, Burial and Joni Mitchell.
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 5 Myths EP, she revealed herself something of a polymath: lyricist, musician, singer and storyteller employing the full spectrum of her skillset to make unforgettably charged music. Her first full-length album – Nocturnes – is released via Folklore in September 2021.