Woman's Hour are a 4 piece hailing from Kendal and currently residing in London. They are Fiona, Will, Josh and Nicolas. Their highly anticipated debut album Conversations lands this week (21st July) on the ever reliable Secretly Canadian and we've been pretty taken with it. Over the coming weeks expect plenty of "recommended if you like XX", or "this years Wild Beasts"... they are well worthy of the acclaim but far more than just a debt to their influences and contemporaries; great songs, real mellow.
We asked them to browse the Drift racks; they kindly obliged. Good eggs.
“Their refined blend of yearning bedsit indie pop and sleek 80s soul is meticulously smooth.” - The Guardian
Moon Wheel - Moon Wheel Moon Wheel is the moniker of Swede Olle Holmberg under which he creates psychedelic experimental tape music. It's all spaced out synth arpeggios and percussion with eastern vibes processed through a gameboy or something. It's a great listen.
The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream Some albums sound like they could be recorded at any time, they have that Classic feel to them. This is one of those rare beasts. It's beautifully constructed, and even as their sun-drenched americana meanders beyond the 8 minute mark it doesn't seem indulgent and unnecessary. In fact, the opposite is true.
Pantha Du Prince - Black Noise The drones and glock that open this record in a shimmer before the cool, controlled, arpeggiated bass and cleaner than clean drum sound show off the two sides of this record perfectly. The minimalist and the pop. Pantha du Prince has carved out a little world of his own on this record.
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion One of the most surprising crossover records I can think of. That it's popular is not a surprise when you listen to it; it's all juno pads, beach boy vocals, deep sub, proto-tribal rhythms, and massive pop hooks. The surprising thing is that this is the band that made Here Comes The Indian, Hollinndagain, Sung Tongs and various other records sounding like kids on their first acid trip.
Viet Cong - Cassette This is a really fun listen, just when you think you know where a song is going it suddenly jumps out in a different, totally unexpected and usually brilliant direction. Loads of jagged guitar lines, occasional math-y moments and drones all with a nice lo-fi fuzz that you might expect from an album called Cassette.
Eno + Hyde - Someday World They may have been presented as ideas that had been gathering dust on one of Eno's hard-drives, but even his half thoughts are usually worth a listen. This is no exception, and, in Karl Hyde he has a great collaborator and they've created an album which (oddly for Eno) actually seems to look back quite a lot rather than forward with nods to anything between the 70's to the early 00's throughout.
Remember Remember - Forgetting the Present There are eight instrumental on this record, that have the muscular feel of a band creating on the same wavelength. There isn't any of the proggy dramatics that you might expect from an instrumental band, it's all elegance, shimmer and substance. There are definite nods to the cosmic music of the 70's from Germany but also a jazziness that binds it together in a warm, utterly human, way.
Oneohtrix Point Never - R plus 7 As with all of Dan Lopatin's best work it's his vision of a future that never existed that excites me as a listener. It's that nostalgia for a feeling, an excitement or expectation that never came to fruition and the acknowledgment of it. Or at least that's what I get from his music. It's very emotionally cold at points, but it seems like an honest cool (not an aloof cool) in the digital age that allows you in without giving much away.
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"Music that gently triggers a series of images and feelings, none of which you can name and all of which seem entirely common"? - The New Yorker
Warp Records are pleased to announce the release of Oneohtrix Point Never's R Plus Seven on 30th September 2013. The album contains many familiar sonic touchstones for listeners who have followed the acclaimed electronic music composer's development over the last half-decade, his Warp Records debut is a major departure from his previous work. Lopatin's experimental inclinations lurk behind the scenes - in the concepts and procedures he adopted to create the tracks - while the music itself comes as close as Lopatin has ever gotten to anything resembling traditional song structure. Which, for Lopatin, is only so close: The work is full of overlapping, abstract musical through-lines, puzzle-like pieces that, taken together, might allow you to glimpse an overarching tableau.
The Brooklyn-based artist has always deftly balanced the experimental with the accessible: He has released several albums under his Oneohtrix Point Never moniker on various independent labels -- including the 2013 3-CD/5 LP Rifts, a compilation of his early work -- as well as amassing a large catalogue of mini-album tape releases. His most recent disc, 2011's Replica, was built around samples of television commercials.
OPN has built live soundscapes at the Museum of Modern Art; collaborated with Montreal-based ambient electronic music composer Tim Hecker on the largely improvised 2012 Instrumental Tourist; and recast the title track from his 2010 disc Returnal as an elegant and emotive piece for piano, featuring the otherworldly voice of Antony Hegarty. Advertising powerhouse Saatchi & Saatchi tapped Lopatin for an installation event at the 2012 Cannes film fest and Sofia Coppola's longtime cohort Brian Reitzell invited him to create original music for Coppola's The Bling Ring.
R Plus Seven is disruptive and hypnotic in equal measure, and the fun of it lies in trusting Lopatin as he guides you past - and often through - its succession of walls and mirrors.
01. Boring Angel 02. Americans 03. He She 04. Inside World 05. Zebra 06. Along 07. Problem Areas 08. Cryo 09. Still Life 10. Chrome Country