The New York Times has an excellent page that streams new work from music artists, known and unknown. It’s a good source to check when you’re burned out on seeing the same artists moving up and/or out, or when the empty gossip gets to be too much.
Take a breather with Woman’s Hour. The Times is streaming the quartet’s debut, “Conversations,” which is out Tuesday on Secretly Canadian records.
The four are from London and based their name on a BBC Radio program geared toward female issues and culture.
Woman’s Hour’s emotional sound, sometimes called “swoon pop,” if that helps you place their style, has been compared with Wild Beasts. It’s the right blend of soothing and mysterious.
Lead singer Fiona Burgess often evokes the vocals of Sade, sweltering in the heat of passion and love. Burgess describes the band as “Four people silently moving in sync.”
They’ve already accomplished a lot: The band’s title track was honored with a remix by London producer Fort Romeau. Also, watch the video for “Conversations.” The monochromatic video couldn’t get any more minimalist and puts you right at ease. The video for “Her Ghost” is even better.
And judging by the band’s buzz so far, there’s no doubt the members of Woman’s Hour are sharing the same wavelength.
The band is also launching a mid-summer tour, which will move into fall:
Sat. July 19 – Hertfordshire, UK @ Farr Festival
Sun. July 20 – Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival
Fri. July 25 – Topcliffe, UK @ Deer Shed Festival
Sun July 27 – Sheffield, UK @ Tramlines Festival
Sun. Aug. 3 – Kendal, UK @ Kendal Calling
Fri. Aug. 8 – Skipton, UK @ Beacons Festival
Sat. Aug. 16 – Crickhowell, UK @ Green Man Festival
Fri. Aug. 29 – Bingley, UK @ Bingley Music Live
Thu. Sept. 4 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
Tue. Sept. 23 – London, UK @ Village Underground
Wed. Sept. 24 – Oxford, UK @ The Jericho Tavern
Thu. Sept. 25 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
Fri. Sept. 26 – Leeds, UK @ Belgrave Music Hall
Sat. Sept. 27 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
Wed. Oct. 1 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Thu. Oct. 2 – New York, NY @ The Mercury Lounge
Fri. Oct. 3 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
Sat. Oct. 4 – Oneonta, NY @ SUNY Oneonta @ Fine Arts Building Room
Mon. Oct. 6 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
Tue. Oct. 7 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
Thu. Oct. 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Fri. Oct. 10 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Tue. Oct. 14 – Bristol, UK @ The Exchange
Wed. Oct. 15 – Nottingham, UK @ Stealth
Thu. Oct. 16 – Glasgow, UK @ Tuts
Fri. Oct. 17 – Liverpool, UK @ East Village Loft
Sat. Oct. 18 – Cardiff, UK @ Buffalo Bar
Tue. Oct. 21 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotov Exil
Wed. Oct. 22 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine
Fri. Oct. 24 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
Sat. Oct. 25 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique/Witloofbar
Tue. Oct. 28 – Oslo, NO @ Vanguard
Wed. Oct. 29 – Stockholm, SE @ Lilla Hotellbaren
Thu. Oct. 30 – Copenhagen, DK @ Ideal Bar