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Hilary Woods Releases New EP ‘Feral Hymns’ Out Via Sacred Bones Records 

December 9, 2021
Photo credit: Joshua Wright


Releases New EP ‘Feral Hymns’ via Sacred Bones Records 

Irish multi-media artist Hilary Woods has released a surprise new EP Feral Hymns, out via Sacred Bones Records, which is available digitally and as a limited edition run of 300 cassettes exclusive to Bandcamp, of which has since sold out. 

Feral Hymns is a collection of powerful and cavernous compositions, produced by Hilary and mixed and mastered by frequent collaborator Lasse Marhaug. The EP uses rich string orchestration, electronics, textured field recordings and ethereal vocal instrumentation to create a beautiful lulling and compelling series of dimensional drones.

Speaking about the new record, Woods said: “A collection of hymns set at dusk. Speckled memory, dust, earth, grit, ritual and chant – purged in the shadows. Unspoken bonds, primal pain, cyclical patterns, unsent love letters. Homemade recordings, made at home.”

The 5 track EP is best taken as the record intended, with 5 bold instrumentations that join for such an expressive journey from start to finish. With the new EP, Hilary Woods once again establishes themselves as one of the most innovative musicians of our time, constantly creating such ethereal landscapes, filled with such vast textures and exuding this equal character of emotion and ominity. Deep, dexterous, and intense tones shape the harrowing atmosphere, the strings resonate with such a piercing and distinguished direction, the notes simply cut the ambiance. With the array of sounds, minimal layers but intense injections, you’ll be hooked on the complexity and severity of this record. A triumph.

Feral Hymns is a significant step away from Woods’ previous work and can be taken as a standalone record for an ever-evolving artist as she continues to work on a new full-length album. 

See Hilary Woods live:
May 10, 2022 – Cafe Oto, London


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