Introducing Hilary Woods

Time for some music to enjoy in the twilight hours.

Hilary Woods is an artist from Dublin who creates minimalist compositions, layering atmospheric instrumentation and dreamlike vocals to create music rich with both delicacy and intensity.

Her debut album Colt is out now and the first track released of it is entitled Inhaler, a song which draws upon the emotions of separation...

"It's a response to a relenting absence that was constantly present, Inhaler is a song about homesickness, longing; an attempt to find new ways of being in the wake of separation. I directed the video and worked with friends: cinematographer and long-time collaborator Joshua Wright, and dancer/ choreographer Justine Cooper."

It's a beautiful piece of music and one of a number of tracks from her debut which had me lost in a realm-shifting haze.


Hilary was kind enough to answer a few questions for me! Now. In hindsight, these questions weren't all that appropriate for a musicianship with such thoughtful grace. But alas, the introducing questionnaire holds no prisoners, and thus hear we are, beautiful music and a slightly jarring Q&A...who would have it any other way?

1. What is your favourite album and why?

Sybille Baier ‘The Colour Green’, Van Morrison ‘Astral Weeks’, Low ‘Things we lost in the fire’, The Haxan Cloak “Excavation” too many to choose from.

2. What is your least favourite album and why? 

Any middle of the road choosing.

3. If you had to describe your music in three words, what would they be?

Circular, Layered, Earthed.

4. What made you start making music? 

Alchemy.

5. Favourite swear word?

 F*ck.

6. If you could create a band from musicians (excluding yourselves) living or dead, who would you choose? 

The Lady in the Radiator from Eraserhead. Eartha Kitt, Roy Orbison, Alvin Batiste, Alex Zhang Hungtai, Martin Hayes.

7. Obvious musical skills aside, do you have any secret talents?

Still working on ‘em.

8. What is your favourite childhood TV show?

Grew up without a tv, imaginatively it might have been ‘The Wonder Years’

9. Aside from music, what profession would you like to attempt and why?

Anything different, maybe sculpture.

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

Hell Yes.

Hilary Woods debut album Colt is available now via Sacred Bones.

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