Hilary Woods' artistry is one of rare emotive reach. Her minimalist and compositional
finesse combine with densely layered atmospheric instrumentation and
dreamlike vocals to create music rich with both delicacy and intensity. The Sunday
Times hailed her early solo recordings as "a revelation."
After the release of two critically acclaimed EPs, Woods spent 2017 writing and recording
songs on an eight-track in an abandoned flat she was living in at the time.
Layering piano, synth, tape machine, field recordings, vocals, drone, unadorned
beats, and old string instruments, these songs culminate in her debut solo LP
Colt. Straddling the acoustic and electronic worlds, Colt is an intensely personal
journey through grief, abandonment, and mutating love. Woods navigates this
journey with a lyrical potency that cuts through stark piano, sensuous synth work,
and textural acoustics. Somewhere between Marissa Nadler, Grouper and Julee
Cruise, these songs evoke both the anguish of their content and the ecstasy of
Growing up in an artistic household on Dublin's Northside, Woods studied film
and literature, dropping in and out of fine art school. A singular vision and tenacious
creativity has seen Woods cross multi-disciplinary thresholds, exploring visual
and performance art alike. Her work has received critical acclaim all over
Ireland with honors from the Dublin Fringe Festival and the Irish Film Institute.
Written and recorded at home in Dublin, Colt was mixed by and co-produced
with James Kelly (WIFE, Altar of Plagues) in Berlin in the winter of 2017.
"Colt was created as a way to process and make sense of the everyday," Woods
imparts. "As a means to speak with inner voices, explore aloneness, and understand
the complexities of desire. As a vehicle for imaginative flight, as a quest for
resilience and connectivity to the outside world, as a medium through which to
journey into the present, to temper the mind and inhabit the body."