'Woods’ released her sophomore record Birthmarks via Sacred Bones Records on the 13th March 2020; "a labor of intensity and intuition" written over the course of two years, Birthmarks explores the oscillating and volatile processes of becoming amidst continuous social and personal change. Crafted by the impulse to create a more corporeal sonic tendon for her songs to inhabit, Woods took her vision and home recordings to Norwegian experimental noise producer and filmmaker Lasse Marhaug. The collaboration proved rare and fruitful; field recordings, analogue bass synth, hushed vocals, and the breath are underpinned by heavy noise processing, fierce and wide cello, rich percussion, sable saxophone, and electronics.

In its mystery and attentiveness to the art of alchemy and the world of the unseen, Birthmarks is a journey through textural fog and feral density giving way to passages of voracious sonic exorcism and poetic healing. Its eight songs traverse planes of visceral physicality, stark tender space and introspective beauty. It is a deeply powerful and enigmatic record that ultimately transcends its disquiet roots.' Sacred Bones, Bandcamp


In July 2020, Woods also released LP Isolation Tank documenting through sound her isolation in Lockdown as part of Boomkat's 'Documenting Sound' series. It's limited edition run was released on tape via Boomkat, and is available via the link on the menu above.



*****bio*****

Hilary Woods is an Irish music and visual artist from Dublin's Northside. She is signed to Sacred Bones Records NYC.

Hilary focused on painting at fine art school before undertaking a degree in literature from Dublin City University and a masters in film from Trinity College Dublin. In 2014 she self - released her EP "Night", which was recorded nomadically in and around Dublin city in whatever free space could be found. After launching Night with three sold out dates in The Boys School, Smock Alley Theatre Dublin, Woods embarked with her then band on a string of live shows both at home and abroad accompanied by her film installation of the same name. Her follow up EP Heartbox (2016) was made available on 7"vinyl from Rough Trade London, whilst 2017 was spent writing songs at home and reconnecting with her first instrument - the piano, which culminated in her debut solo full length record Colt. Colt was written and self- recorded at home before being brought to Berlin to be mixed and co-produced with James Kelly (WIFE, Alter of Plagues) in the Winter of 2017, it was released to critical acclaim on Sacred Bones Records in June 2018.


Woods' beguiling song- craft has been described as 'bewitching', sonically 'spectral', 'ominous and dreamlike', with the Sunday Times hailing early solo recordings as 'a revelation in terms of the depth of song-writing'. In 2017, Hilary was awarded Dublin Fringe Festival's 'Wild Card artist' for writing, composing and designing her original theatre NINE , she was subsequently granted a place on Theatre Forum's Next Stage programme. Other recent projects include composing original score for horror film as part of the Irish Film Institute's season celebrating the cinema of the Weimar Republic, and an audio visual installation titled 'Wayfarer' which was presented and funded by the local fishing community, in a sorting house in Howth.


Live, Woods most recently completed a North American tour (supported by Culture Ireland), played solo at festivals Le Guess Who, Sonic City and Zemlika festivals, together with playing American and European shows as special guest to Grouper, Low and Marissa Nadler (funded by Culture Ireland), followed by dates in Turkey and an intimate headline show at the Tungenes Fyr Lighthouse in Norway.



******press*****


“a rich tableau of hushed vocals and heavy note processing... it makes for a thrilling and scopic round trip from its source to the still sea of closer 'There Is No Moon'" - The Quietus


"a beautifully layered album that can be as tender and vulnerable as it can be powerful and all consuming” - Long Live Vinyl


“It’s full of oscillation wonder and discomfort, exhilaration and fear” - Uncut 


“A brutal and stark record not for the faint hearted” - Louder Than War


“‘Birthmarks’ is a deeply sensory, corporal record” - London in Stereo 


“Gorgeous string arrangements, sax and synths give Birthmarks a palpable sense of encroaching mist” - The Wire


“A brilliant, powerful record” - Electronic Sound 


"A dreamlike world on the edge of dusk"

-Treble Zine


"Colt feels like it’s set in the dead of night. From the first soft pulse of purplish synth that rises on opening track “Inhaler,” it’s clear immediately that this is music that draws its strength from a sense of ghostly mystery. It’s a cliché to use the phrase “Lynchian” for any and all synth-based, minor-key music, but it’s hard not to picture the fog floating through the trees of Twin Peaks in Woods’s baleful, darkly melodic music. If all Colt had going for it was atmospherics, it would be a pleasant diversion—comfort food for moody goths. But throughout Colt, Woods reveals herself to be a masterful melody writer. The way her voice drips down the octave live melting ice on “Inhaler” is masterfully executed, each note serving as a counter to the synths rippling like lace curtains behind her. On “Take Him In,” she tugs an insistent vocal melody through a piano arpeggio that ripples like the ocean at night. “Jesus Said” is almost medieval, Woods alternately elongating and rushing through notes as a lute-like bass melody cranks away behind her. Taken as a whole, Colt is utterly hypnotic, an album that you disappear into and allow its ghosts and phantoms to paint pictures around you."

-Bandcamp's top 7 new essential releases


"An unassuming album full of somber allure."

- FACT MAGAZINE


"A Sublime New Voice"

- The Quietus


"The sound of an artist stepping back into the shadows, away from the glare and the gloss, and shining brighter than ever."

- Clash Magazine


"Utterly hypnotic"

-Bandcamp


"Colt marks the arrival of a new voice crafting sublime bedroom narratives of trauma, recovery and quiet victory."

-The Quietus


"Magical.. ethereal vocals drift above delicate piano.. an atmosphere both serene & ghostly"

- Resident Music


"Layered and Harrowing Compositions, an imperative listen"

- The Thin Air


"Stark and haunting compositions that stand on the edge of a knife"

- Bandcamp


“‘Colt’ is a healing, empowering, human record, largely thanks to Woods’ understanding of melody and the impact it can have on one’s senses and emotions”

- Loud & Quiet


“Ghostly, atmospheric, intense, ‘Colt’ is an impressive debut”

- Uncut


“Such a powerful piece of work” (5/5)

- NARC


“Colt is a remarkable debut”

- London in Stereo


“A strange and enticing world”

- MOJO


“‘Colt’ flawlessly details the Dublin musician’s personal exclusion through the darkest of times”

- Bristol Live Magazine


“Relish in the relaxing comfort of Woods ethereal voice melting into this dark, stormy palace” (8/10) - The Line of Best Fit


"A Towering achievement.. Incredibly evocative..personal, affecting.. enrichingly human, such a powerful piece of work." - NARC Mag


"A Force of her own"

- Brooklyn Vegan


"Meticulous"

- The Line of Best Fit


"Full of anguish and endlessly cathartic..A Remarkable Debut . Gossamer"

- London in Stereo


“With lead track “Inhaler”, she casts a hypnotising spell that places her somewhere between Marissa Nadler and Jenny Hval”

- DIY


"Startling minimalism taken to new heights.. these arrangements that are full of mystery and wonder .. songs that speak to us in the most moving of ways."

- The Crack Mag


"For-boding, sparse, and enrapturing... a source of great mystery."

- The Last Mixed Tape


"An album of haunting ballads. These songs invoke the spirits of inner space rather than from beyond the grave."

- CVLT


"An Impressive Debut"

- UNCUT


"Woods' haunting vocal work, providing an enchanting delicacy to the album.. Prodigal Dog and Kith are meditative and intense, while the prominent electronic beats of Jesus Said present an intriguing masterpiece.. an intoxicating dream pop haze"

- Bristol Live Mag


"An absorbing collection of sketch slow burners. Aiming to examine the allure of isolation and the complexities of desire, fans of Chelsea Wolfe's dark threnodies will find much to love on Colt. Ghostly lullaby 'Take Him In' is a simple yet stunning effort; the magnetic funeral march 'Limbs' is chilling and thrilling.. and 'Black Rainbow' is a seductive take on 50s torch songs ... A slow burner, Colt is the sound of an artist firing on all creative cylinders."

- Hot Press


Bewitching, slow-burning and artfully arranged.”

- The Irish Independent


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"A revelation in terms of the depth of song-writing"

-The Sunday Times


"The wonderfully spectral "Sabbath" – the second track taken from her forthcoming Heartbox EP – is a masterfully meditative six-minute effort from the Dublin musician, melding sparse rhythms with a serene fog of softly swirling piano lines, synth and more."

- The Thin Air http://thethinair.net/2016/07/watch-hilary-woods-sabbath/


"A Potent New Voice"

- Clash


"Deft, warm, and indelibly melodic"

-State Magazine


"Stunning" - "For lovers of soaring surrealscapes."

-Drowned in Sound http://drownedinsound.com/news/4150211-video-world-premier--hilary-woods-sabbath


"Ominously dark and dreamlike.. An uncompromising and singular songwriter."

-The Last Mixed Tape

https://thelastmixedtape.com/2016/07/13/watch-hilary-woods-releases-lynchian-new-video-for-sabbath/



"Her sound is absolutely alluring"

-Dublin Concerts


"Intriguing, arresting stuff"

-Thumped


"Everything about her set was exceptional. The Dublin musician, with bassist foundations, continues to venture into the dark ambiance of eery piano and synth lines combined with an alluring and nose-crinkling hefty drum that is impossible not to throw a fist in the air rhythmically to."

- State Magazine


"A beguiling song-craft that flickers with brilliance...A real ethereal pop delight."

- Hot Press


"Spell-binding vocals layered with atmospheric instrumentals"

- In Dublin



"As enchanting and engrossing as ever, Woods and band translated the pulsing rhythms and hushed, crafted sound of the artist’s recent E.P. Night. Through captivating renditions of ‘Flames’ and ‘Secret Sabbath’, Woods once again defined herself as one of the country’s most unique and tonally defined songwriters...A slow-burning record that flickers with brilliance, Hilary Woods’ new E.P. Night marks a continued and promising evolution in sound from the artist."

-TLMT



"Woods and her band were stellar on the night, moving from stripped back singer-songwriter fare into more dissonant, effect-laden passages with a relaxed confidence"

-Totally Dublin


"The musician, seems to orchestrate each musical and creative movement around her with beguiling confidence.

In bewitching form, Woods stays silent between performances, ratcheting up the tension and keeping the show feeling cohesive and unbroken by outside interference…Affecting in its atmosphere and enraptured in stylised creativity... mark the impactful return of a uncompromising and singular songwriter."

-TLMT


"Her sound seems to be inwrought with this delicious,darkness..Woods’ mesmeric singing is comprised of whispered vocals, shimmering atmospherics and poetic lyrics.. A force to be reckoned with in terms of song writing and performance. It's a scintillating listen. The vocals perfectly befit the beat, there’s that slow drawl to her voice that simply gets under one’s skin; the lyrics just ooze a mystical quality."

- Dublin Concerts



"Hushed vocals, reminiscent of Daughter’s Elena Tonra, nestled atop sparse but atmospheric accompaniment, to create an other-worldly arrangement that is a very promising indicator of an EP to come."

- In Dublin


"Stunning...dense as the songs are with allusive imagery, heading straight as they do for the subconscious, you could certainly make a case for Night as Terence Malick music."

- State Magazine


"Her sound is absolutely alluring ..with so much space to expand sonically, sudden and impactful introduction of an ominous, yet enchanting, piano part exemplifies the intricately created landscape in which Woods’ songwriting resides."

- TLMT


"Hilary Woods is afforded a similar hushed reverence, so much so that at times the seated audience in Theater Kikker seem unsure whether to clap or not. 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, November 2018







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