HI­LARY WOODS

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Colt SA­CRED BONES 7/10 Cin­e­matic dream­scapes from multi-faceted Ir­ish artist

Dubliner Hi­lary Woods, as well as once play­ing bass in JJ72, has a back­ground in fine art and film­mak­ing, which makes sense af­ter hear­ing this im­mer­sive, im­pres­sion­is­tic, pro­foundly cin­e­matic ex­er­cise in sound-shap­ing. the eight tracks drift, un­hur­ried and rel­a­tively unan­chored, through a va­ri­ety of brood­ing moods. Or­ganic in­stru­ments – prin­ci­pally pi­ano – blend with syn­thetic tex­tures and frac­tured rhythm. the trou­bling “Je­sus Said” re­calls the voodoo elec­tron­ica of Fever Ray; “Prodi­gal Dog” has a glitchy rhyth­mic kick. Other tracks roll with a gen­tler gait, while “Black Rain­bow” is al­most pop mu­sic. Woods’ lay­ered vo­cals con­vey strug­gle, but clear mean­ing re­mains elu­sive. Ghostly, at­mo­spheric, in­tense, Colt is an im­pres­sive, if some­what re­mote, de­but.

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