London based four piece Woman’s Hour may only be a new find for me but they have been slowly and steadily making a name for themselves over the past 3 years. With great reviews of live shows, constant gigging and now the release of their debut album ‘Conversations’ which has seen a myriad of praise heaped upon it from critics and listeners alike, it seems that Woman’s Hour have a great journey up to their now well deserved success.
Above is the track ‘I Need You’ which is an ambient track with breathy harmonious vocals, a subtle bass line and intricate guitar melodies, this is a very gentle song which features oriental tinges throughout and building synths towards the end. While single ‘Her Ghost’ opens with a pounding drum before a jazz influenced bass line, hand claps, hazy guitar moments and hushed vocals with a great tone all come in to carry us throughout the rest of the track. Their music to me is a great example of how using sparse and simplistic sounds to create an atmosphere can be the most effective way to create beautiful music.
The debut album was released only last month and has seen the band really grow into their sound, becoming a more well rounded act and seeing them receive countless great reviews with NME giving the album 8 out of 10 with reviewer Mischa Pearlman putting much of the success down to the vocals; “Fiona Burgess’ sad yet sultry vocals and the way they stretch across these dreamy, largely synth-based songs… the strikingly handsome singer’s hushed delivery is quite breathtaking.”
The band have a huge tour planned for the end of the year stretching from September to the end of October taking in America, Canada, Europe and the UK. They will be playing everywhere from London to Leeds, Bristol to Birmingham, Manchester to Nottingham so there are plenty of opportunities for you to catch them over the next couple of months as well as during festival season with many appearances on many bills. To find out their tour dates in full visit their website and you can download their album from iTunes now.
Check out the video for their single ‘Her Ghost’ below: