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.
https://driftrecords.com/products/woman-s-hour-conversations310222905Woman's Hour - Conversations//cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0161/8690/products/SC313_large.jpg?v=1399910722//cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0161/8690/products/SC313_medium.jpg?v=139991072211.49GBPOutOfStockWoman's HourEaster 2016Indie & AlternativeIndie Record Shop ExclusiveJuly '14 ForecastMusic Released in 2014SALE2016Secretly CanadianWoman's HourWoman's Hour are not your average band. The first clue comes in the name of the London-based four-piece, taken from a beloved female-focused news and culture show on BBC Radio 4. The second is in their graphic, striking monochrome visuals, meticulously curated in collaboration with Tate and MOMA certified fine artists Oliver Chanarin and Adam Broomberg. These play with shape and texture, much like their powerful, iridescent music. Their 360Î_ approach is closer to the art / music crossover of acts such as Throbbing Gristle, Yoko Ono or Factory Floor than most of this year's indie hopes.
Their debut album 'Conversations' displays the intricate construction and intimacy of The xx and the iridescent shimmer of Summer-defining indie pop. Their music - as poignantly personal as pop gets - has a rare singularity and purpose.
Woman's Hour have an uncompromising commitment to the unconventional. For them, music does not exist as merely a hummable soundtrack but as a wider and more artistic proposition.
Limited Indie shop White vinyl version yo...
1 Unbroken Sequence 2 Conversations 3 To The End 4 Darkest Place 5 In Stillness We Remain 6 Our Love Has No Rhythm 7 Her Ghost 8 Two Sides Of You 9 Devotion 10 Reflections 11 Day That Needs Defending