Hilary Woods – Bathing
‘Heartbox EP’ is out now
Dublin singer/songwriter Hilary Woods returns with her new single Bathing, a slow-burning, synth-infused track that evokes the haunting soundtrack work of American composer Angelo Badalamenti and delivered with that up-close-and-personal vocal style synonymous with her Night EP from 2013.
Unlike the stripped-down, acoustic approach on her last outing, Bathing is laced with shimmering synths and lush strings.”The first record (Night) was far more acoustic, there were very little synths used and not as much instrumentation. With the new songs on Heartbox I wanted to explore a more electronic soundworld by using a lot more synths,” says Hilary. (Watch our interview with Hilary below).
There are plenty of intimate moments on Heartbox, the effect of Woods’ whispered, vocal delivery is both discrete and intimate. On describing how this effect is achieved the singer is surprisingly frank: “I record my vocals up close to the mic and a lot is dependent on the mic itself – the pre-amps used”, says Hilary. “Usually, I’d choose one which picks up a lot of breath and then a nice reverb”. This might explain why Woods’ songs have such a cinematic flavour to them. Being an ardent film buff and performance art lover (the video for Bathing and promo for early single Night were both directed by the singer) Hilary’s influences are quite eclectic: “I love Russian Cinema, experimental film, contemporary dance, photography and noise art. But I love lots of different music too, from medieval troubadour folk songs to Girl Band, Americana, Rimsky Korsakov …”, she says. “Visuals come to me naturally when I write music. I enjoy directing videos – it’s something I’d like to pursue more in the future”.
Having been a member of bands in the past Hilary has found the new challenges of the solo performance invigorating: “I’v enjoyed playing my new material live so far, they exercise that ‘fuck-it’ muscle – where there’s no hiding behind the drummer syndrome! It requires my full presence and helps me to get over any lingering self-consciousness. They’ve been fun and good for me”.
Heartbox is out now and available at: