Recorded through Spring and Summer 2018 in Bristol with producer Ali Chant [whose credits include PJ Harvey, John Parish, Perfume Genius, Aldous Harding, Soccer Mommy and Jenny Hval], ‘Instar’ was fueled by Wood’s own profound experiences as a woman dealing with issues with fertility and reproductive health.
“Maybe there’s a healing feminine presence to the album,” she says of the record’s character. “A protective spirit."
A gossamer touch makes Vesper Wood’s organic and atmospheric sound all the more arresting. With just keys, strings and her voice at the forefront, there’s a vulnerability and fragility that echoes through these recordings with such conviction that they could never be considered a weakness. The simplicity of her approach blossoms with the opulence of feeling that you travel throughout the album. It’s a wrought journey, but while there’s a longing and a sadness, ‘Instar’ is Wood finding a sense of place: a better place and one of strength.