Woman’s Hour – Conversations

Conversations is the debut album by London-based 4-piece Woman’s Hour. The band’s sound is categorized as ‘swoon-pop’ and the group’s name is taken from a beloved female-focused news and culture show on BBC Radio 4. I’d argue this record is very much this year’s answer to Rhye’s ‘Woman’ from 2013. RIYL: Rhye, The xx, Beach House

Vocalist Fiona Burgess has a light, lilting voice that pairs well with the restrained electro-pop, synthy sound the band trades in. (Fiona’s voice is a dead-ringer for Catherine Ireton of Belle & Sebastian side project God Help the Girl) It is an extremely well manicured sound where no note, guitar tone or (subdued) bassline feels out of place.

Track 3 “To The End” is stunning! It is the most sensual-sounding track here and perhaps what calls to mind The xx are the deep male backing vocals complementing Fiona Burgess’ lead.

Track 9 “Devotion” is one of several tracks wherein the guitar tone and line recalls Beach House, but again, the signpost of Woman’s Hour is the palpable emotion delivered by frontwoman Fiona Burgess’ voice.

Recommended tracks: 1, 2, 3, 9, 11


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