Woman's Hour

Unlike their Radio 4 namesake, Woman’s Hour are more concerned with creating pristine synth-pop than discussing the current state of feminism in the UK.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 31 Mar 2014
  • min read
Unlike their Radio 4 namesake, Woman’s Hour are more concerned with creating pristine synth-pop than discussing the current state of feminism in the UK.

However, the mostly male quartet offers a refreshing female perspective in the form of singer and lyricist Fiona Burgess. Her lofty melodies and otherworldy words complement the sparse instrumental textures created by brother William Burgess (guitar), Josh Hunnisett (keyboards) and Nick Graves (bass).

Currently living in London after relocating from the Lake District, they have been brewing for three years, distilling the purity of Fiona’s voice and the clarity of their electronics into a pristine pop template.

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.

New single Her Ghost, which was released last week through their new record label Secretly Canadian, looks set to build the hype. They will be supporting its release with a string of UK live dates including a special headline date at London's Purcell Room (more info below).

The first leg of the tour also saw them visit the US for the first time, including performances at this year's South By South West Festival in Texas (funded by PRS for Music Foundation) and headlining shows in New York and LA.

Upcoming UK dates:
3 April - Purcell Rooms, London
25 April - Gullivers, Manchester
26 April - Sheffield Cathedral
27 April - Bodega, Nottingham
7 May - Louisiana, Bristol
8 May – The Great Escape, Brighton

http://www.womanshour.co.uk/