Fragile Pearl – HILARY WOODS Shines On Black Sabbath Song ‘N.I.B.’

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…


6 July 2020

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of both the self-titled BLACK SABBATH album
and PARANOID, Sacred Bones Records is proud to present ‘What Is This That
Stands Before Me?
‘, a compilation of Sabbath covers recorded by artists from
across our roster, with The Soft Moon, Thou, Zola Jesus, Uniform and Moon Duo
among others.

One of the most imposing performances is by Irish
songstress HILARY WOODS. Her version of N.I.B.
strips the original down to the bone.

A fragile pearl. A silent beauty.

Some people say my love cannot be true
Please believe me, my love, and I’ll show you
I will give you those things you thought unreal
The sun, the moon, the stars all bear my seal

Enjoy here…

Album in full…

50 years ago…


Hilary Woods’ new album BIRTHMARKS is out now!

HILARY WOODS Returns With Her Second Fascinating Solo Album ‘BIRTHMARKS’…

18 March 2020

Artist: Hilary Woods

Who: Compelling Irish singer/songwriter who played bass in the shamefully underrated indie rock band JJ72 despite two cracking albums and spectacular gigs. The trio split up in 2006. Woods turned her back to music for several years, went to art school and became a mother. She came back in 2018 with solo debut album Colt and a whole different sonic and substantive approach.

Album: Birthmarks – second LP, released 13 March 2020

Loud And Quiet webzine wrote: “For all the hard work Dublin-based composer Hilary
Woods has done over the last few years, she’s yet to produce an album that ably straddles,
her twin sensibilities – as a mood-driven producer of tone poems, and a tantalisingly elliptical storyteller. Birthmarks, an LP two years in the making and a meditation on future uncertainty and childbirth, comes close to essential – but, recalling a black metal version of Cocteau Twins’ verdant collaboration with Harold Budd on The Moon and the Melodies, it also flexes the skill of its producer-collaborator, frequent dabbler in noise music and extreme metal, Lasse Marhaug.”
. Full review here. Score: 8/10.

TUTV says: Expect fascinating, hallucinatory candlelight soundscapes with a ghostly
and at times surreal resonance. Woods‘ both shadowy and motherly voice, the lo-fi orchestration and that spooky cello will make you silent and listen with a tense feeling.
A phantasmagoric experience.

Get impressed here…

Here’s the absorbing video clip for top track ‘Orange Tree‘…


(photo: promo cover album Hilary Woods via FB)