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.