Woman's Hour

Woman’s Hour are a four-piece who pair heart-on-sleeve lyrics with synth-pop soundscapes. Now signed to Secretly Canadian, they are preparing for the release of their anticipated debut album.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 25 Jun 2014
  • min read
Woman’s Hour are a sprightly four-piece who pair heart-on-sleeve lyrics with synth-pop soundscapes.

Currently living in London after relocating from the Lake District, the quartet have been brewing for three years, distilling the purity of singer Fiona Burgess’ voice and the clarity of their electronics into an immaculate pop template.

Fiona’s lofty melodies and otherworldy words complement the sparse instrumental textures created by her brother William Burgess (guitar), Josh Hunnisett (keyboards) and Nick Graves (bass).

Sporadic releases since 2011 have seen the band build their confidence and hone their skills, with their latest output carrying the classy hallmarks of Lykke Li or Chvrches.

2013 was a big year for the outfit: they were the sixth most blogged band of the year according to Hype Machine and received praise from the likes of Pitchfork, The Fader and The Line of Best Fit.

Now signed to record label Secretly Canadian, and in receipt of some coveted Momentum Music Fund support (courtesy of PRS for Music Foundation), they are preparing for the release of their debut album.

We caught up with them to find out where they came from and where their headed….

We first started writing music because…
It's a passion. It's fun creating music with other people. After you get over the awkwardness at the beginning and learn a common musical language with a few other people it becomes a conduit to the heart of everything. It can allow you to explore ideas and feelings that otherwise you might not. Essentially it makes us better people!

We have been making music since
2010 as a band, but much longer individually.

Our music is

You'll like us if you listen to...
Sade and St Etienne apparently.

Our favourite venue is
Ramsgate Music Hall.

Music is important because
It makes our lives better; it can frame emotions and help us understand the world.

Our biggest inspiration is
Literally everything around us.

Our dream collaboration would be
Bruce Springsteen. We love The Boss.

To try us out, listen to our song
Our Love Has No Rhythm.

If we weren’t making music we’d be

In 10 years’ time we want to be...
Still making music and developing as artists and people.

Their debut album Conversations is released on 21 July.