Interview: Handsome Fallacies

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Isabel Villaume is the voice and talent behind Handsome Fallacies. This solo project from Atlanta, Georgia is both lyrically honest and musically arresting. With harmonies and instrumentation layered beautifully, Handsome Fallacies creates a sound that is both mature and lovely.

Her first full-length, entitled Ode To Roanoke, is now available for free at her Bandcamp, and it is well-worth a listen. I got the chance to ask her some questions as far as the projects genesis, and what Ode To Roanoke is all about.

Indie Current: What does “Ode To Roanoke” stem from?

Handsome Fallacies: I chose to name my album “Ode to Roanoke” because I used to be in a band called Roanoke and these were all the songs I had written for that band that were never really finished; so this is my way of finishing what we started.

IC: Handsome Fallacies is a rad name. Is it just you?

HF: It’s just me for now! There may be another top-secret musician joining me soon though!

IC: Is there a layer of meaning behind it, or is it simply whimsical?

HF: Well, kind of both. In my first semester of college last year, I learned a lot about fallacies, which I found fascinating. So once I decided I needed to name my project, I went onto a “band name generator” website and typed in “fallacies” and from that I got “Handsome Fallacies”! I heard it’s how all the pro’s get their band names these days.

IC: What would you say is the theme of the record?

HF: Probably, my past. All the songs are based on things that have happened to me in my past and they are all songs that I worked on with my previous band so I guess the official theme could be, recollections of the past.

IC: Who would you say were the musical influences that helped to shape this album?

HF: I would say Coldplay and Manchester Orchestra have been big influences for me. Both bands just have a way of making really simple things sound really big and nice.

IC: After giving it a couple listens, you can hear a lot of nice instrumentation throughout this record, was writing the music or the lyrics more strenuous?

HF: Lyrics are always the hardest part for me. Most of the music written was just sort of, on the spot improvising where as the lyrics took forever to get to a point where I was happy with them.

IC: What is your favorite track and why?

HF: I would say, as far as sound, “Bliss” would probably be my favorite. This has always been my favorite song to sing because it is so carefree. Plus the chord progression is one I always go back to because I love the way it sounds and I have to constantly remind myself “No, you already used this one in that other song.” Meaning, on the other hand, would be either “Light” or “No More Bass: The Song.” They are both written about manipulation and all that fun stuff so they are almost reminders to myself to not give into manipulations.

IC: Today, you don’t need to go into the studio to record an album. What are your thoughts on how software nowadays has made it so easier for people to record their music virtually anytime they want to?

HF: Well, it’s definitely nice for poor people like me who wake up one day and decide to record an album! Of course, there is a huge difference in sound when recording professionally vs. in your parent’s basement. Really, I think it’s good for people who want to play music but aren’t making enough to pay for studio time. Or for people like The Flaming Lips who have so much money to spend that thy can get nice enough equipment to record a professional album on garage band.

IC: Any plans for touring or playing shows?

HF: Playing shows is definitely a plan for me! I just need to get scheduled for some, haha. Touring though, I guess if it comes up, I’m down!

IC: If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?

HF: Out of every artist who ever lived, Frank Sinatra. As far as people who are actually living? Anthony Green or Andy Hull. These three guys have the best voices I’ve ever heard. I just think it would sound so rewarding to harmonize with them!

IC: What’s in store for the future of Handsome Fallacies?

HF: I guess to just keep writing and playing until I don’t feel like writing and playing anymore. I’m really just having fun seeing what I can do with it!

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