Woman’s Hour – Darkest Place (single) (Luv Luv Luv Records)


Following their acclaimed double A-side single ‘To The End’ / ‘Our Love Has No Rhythm‘ on Parlour Records, which we reviewed back in March, London-via-Kendal four piece Woman’s Hour are set to release a new single, ‘Darkest Place’.

The new single will be their first for the excellent Luv Luv Luv Records – home to Florence and The Machine, Splashh, and IO Echo amongst others.

Blending post-punk aesthetics with R&B sensuality, Fiona Burgess, William Burgess, Josh Hunnisett and Nicolas Graves – p/k/a Woman’s Hour – have quickly become one of the hottest tipped acts for 2013.

The aforementioned double A-side single showcased the band’s distinctive brand of deeply atmospheric but finely tuned synth driven pop. Imagine a cross between The xx (melodically more so than sonically) and Jessie Ware and you’re on point.

On “Darkest Place”, mixed by producer Richard Formby (Darkstar, Wild Beasts), we hear the band exhibit a sense of melancholy and fragility. A subtly melodic number with understated vocal hooks, “Darkest Hour” is indeed the band’s darkest tune yet leaving behind the R&B flavors heard previously.

Atmospheric as ever – just check out the largely instrumental final minute and a half – “Darkest Place” is a mid-tempo number characterized by its layers of 80’s synths, coloured by gentle piano tinkering, while capped off with Fiona’s soft, dreamy vocals.

“Darkest Place” offers another glimpse at this exciting new act.

The single for “Darkest Place” will be released on 21 October, 2013.
Listen to “Darkest Place” below:
Update 26 November, 2013 – watch the video for “Darkest Place” below: