ALBUM REVIEW: Hilary Woods – Acts of Light | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Sacred Bones

Released: 03.11.23








Acts of Light, Hilary Woods’ third full length record, is a collection of experimental sonic excavations. The instant you press play you’re transported elsewhere, jolted into a subterranean space where sounds resonate up close, disquieting and wild. The feeling of being in an alive, ever-changing scenery is somewhat unsettling.

The expanse of one’s listening is continually warped; Wife Mother Love Crow features rustlings, whispers layered over drones, like most tracks. Where The Bough Has Broken pulses and creeps slowly and the title track pushes its tendrils and textures out of the shadows briefly. Choirs, hypnotic dirges, strings and synths all ebb and flow into the consciousness. This is the soundtrack of rituals. They’re masterful and almost forlorn compositions crafted with restraint and etched with enormous care.


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