DM Generation & The Cube Presents
Thu 2 November // 20:00
Hilary Woods is a self-avowed outsider working across sound, song, writing and analogue filmmaking. Her fiercely DIY work ethic cultivates practices that are almost in call and response to each other. Evocative experimentalism and sonically heavy excavations give way to the intimacy and tenderness of a deeply personal and intuitive song-writing. Her sound is embedded with a visual potency, physicality and a moving majesty that is accompanied by her own hand processed 16mm film in live performance.
Early independent music releases were hailed as ‘a revelation in terms of the depth of song writing’ (The Sunday Times), and were followed by her critically acclaimed debut LP Colt on Sacred Bones Records in 2018. Encompassing “the stuff of Bosch paintings’, Colt comprises eight ‘stark and haunting compositions that stand on the edge of a knife” (Bandcamp). Her sophomore LP Birthmarks (‘a thrilling and scopic round trip” - The Quietus), was released in 2020, before Isolation Tank emerged on tape as part of the Documenting Sound series on Boomkat Editions. The reverberating songs and charcoal skies of Woods’ simmering EP Feral Hymns were released on cassette in 2021.
2023 will see the release of Hilary’s third full length record on Sacred Bones Records.
Hilary Woods has toured extensively throughout Europe and the US playing special guest to Grouper, Low and Marissa Nadler, with solo headline performances at Le Guess Who, Southbank, Sonic City, Zemlika and Quarter Block Party, to name but a few.
“[Birthmarks] is a beautifully layered album that can be as tender and vulnerable as it can be powerful and allconsuming” 8/10 - Long Live Vinyl
“Gorgeous string arrangements, sax and synths give Birthmarks a palpable sense of encroaching mist” - The Wire
"Stark and haunting compositions that stand on the edge of a knife” - Bandcamp
“Ghostly, atmospheric, intense, ‘Colt’ is an impressive debut” - Uncut
"afforded a similar hushed reverence.. there’s a darker undercurrent to Woods’ work, with many songs starting off with deep drones and ominous rumbles. Songs from her acclaimed debut Colt are rendered with just an acoustic guitar or piano, laying them bare in skeletal form, yet they remain hauntingly beautiful. Near pitch darkness adds to the intrigue, her voice drifting through the gloom like a ghost."- Drowned in Sound live review from Le Guess Who?