Conversations by Woman's Hour on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nile, Prefab Sprout, Talk Talk, and The xx. In the case of Woman’s Hour, everything centers on vocalist Fiona Burgess, who brings human tenderness to subtle but stunning songs such as the title track, “To the End,” “Two Sides of You,” and “Devotion.” Even when the rhythms bounce upward, surprisingly on “Darkest Place” (earning comparisons to Beach House) and more expectedly on “Her Ghost” and “The Day That Needs Defending,” Burgess brings a vulnerability that adds further dimensions to everything she touches. William Burgess’ guitar work never veers from its context, working as much behind the scenes as weaving additional layers of texture with keyboardist Josh Hunnisett for sister Fiona to exploit. “In Stillness We Remain” swirls with a touch of old-school Cocteau Twins. Bassist Nicolas Graves provides a sober pulse while all else is an intoxicating shimmer. As a debut album, Conversations sounds unusually assured and experienced, as if the band must be hiding something on their shelves. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nile, Prefab Sprout, Talk Talk, and The xx. In the case of Woman’s Hour, everything centers on vocalist Fiona Burgess, who brings human tenderness to subtle but stunning songs such as the title track, “To the End,” “Two Sides of You,” and “Devotion.” Even when the rhythms bounce upward, surprisingly on “Darkest Place” (earning comparisons to Beach House) and more expectedly on “Her Ghost” and “The Day That Needs Defending,” Burgess brings a vulnerability that adds further dimensions to everything she touches. William Burgess’ guitar work never veers from its context, working as much behind the scenes as weaving additional layers of texture with keyboardist Josh Hunnisett for sister Fiona to exploit. “In Stillness We Remain” swirls with a touch of old-school Cocteau Twins. Bassist Nicolas Graves provides a sober pulse while all else is an intoxicating shimmer. As a debut album, Conversations sounds unusually assured and experienced, as if the band must be hiding something on their shelves. 

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About Woman's Hour

Sounding like a Saint Etienne for a more subdued, post-xx world, London electropop group Woman's Hour formed in 2011. With siblings Fiona and Will Burgess as the founders, the duo recorded a series of demos named after BBC 4 radio programs. By the time they recruited members Josh Hunnisett and Nicolas Graves, the demo dubbed Woman's Hour graduated to the band's name, while the concept of delivering a complete package -- a unified aesthetic for their music, videos, record sleeves, gig posters, and so on -- had taken hold. They officially launched at the end of 2011 with the double A-side single featuring "Jenni" and "Human," but their signature sound of synths and subtlety was better displayed by their 2013 single "To the End." Released by Parlour Records, the single's sleeve featured the stark black-and-white photography of Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, a creative collaboration that would continue as the band signed with the Secretly Canadian label and released the single "Her Ghost" in 2014. Broomberg and Chanarin handled both the single's sleeve and accompanying video and designed the cover of the group's debut album, Conversations, also released in 2014. ~ David Jeffries

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