Paloma Faith is back with a fantastic second album, Fall To Grace, and I met up for tea and cake with the star this week at Soho’s amazing Maison Bertaux.
The singer tells me she’s sick of being dubbed weird, zany and kooky and admitted she could never do what Lady Gaga does planning her outfits and image weeks in advance. Paloma said: “I think in my first record I found sometimes the branding of me as a weirdo, zany, kooky and quirky was mildly annoying. I felt like I had almost set myself up so if I wasn’t like that one day people would be like ‘What’s wrong with her?’
“I feel like everything about this record is me being honest. The album cover is completely dramatic but I am dramatic. I just decided this time around to be wholeheartedly me and not to set myself up to have to maintain any characters or persona. I really couldn’t do what Lady Gaga does and i think it must have to take such a tremendous amount of energy to always be on in that way.”
And was Paloma inspired ala Adele to write about the men in her life to make song lyrics for the album? “There are probably a few men in there,” she laughed gobbling a strawberry tartlet. “I’m a serial monogamist and I can’t seem to get past the two year mark. Then there are a few other relationships with human beings which aren’t romantic. I’m trying to turn all the sadness into something hopeful. That’s why it’s called Fall To Grace rather than Fall from Grace.”
Paloma’s single Picking Up The Pieces is out May 20 and album Fall To Grace is out May 28.
She’s pretty special so check it out.
P.S. Thirty-Minute Love Affair is a real stand out track on the album…..I”m obsessed.