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Expect the feel of a Wim Wenders film with Bjork popping up to provide musical interludes. 

From darkness and loss,  hangovers were left behind for the peace of sobriety for folktronica duo Victoria Bourne and Chris Harper. In the last year the duo became sober and bounced back from two close friends suicides and Victoria’s own depression. Confronted with so much existential angst. Last year became a springboard for change going back to their roots of electronica and acoustic sounds.

“We’re doing what we love best, creating sad, romantic, cinematic music”

The electronics are an integral part of the band both on the recordings and live. Not to replace musicians but to be a musician in their own right. 

They host gigs in venues as diverse as a graveyards, gothic churches and cinemas. This is two people sounding like a 40 piece ensemble.

Reach out and listen with us whilst we take you on a journey to Hangover Square. 

They are two highly experienced professional musicians who have been played widely across the radio including having been playlisted on BBC Radio 2, they have toured extensively across the UK and in Europe.

Victoria’s voice has a classical purity and laser clarity creating poetic structures. Underpinned with her piano and synth parts which blend with Chris’s creative resonator guitar playing, taking in intricate fingerpicking and driving rhythms.

“…this is hugely accomplished…an impressive calling card…a hangover most definitely worth nursing…” Folk Radio

new album
‘rewire’
by Hangover Square
to be released 3 may 2024

‘From darkness and loss for these two hugely accomplished musicians, hangovers were left behind for the peace of sobriety. It is time for Hangover Square to Rewire’

Two years in the making the second album ‘Rewire’ follows on from the success of ‘Painting With An Open Heart’. This talented duo left behind hangovers, became sober and bounced back from two close friends suicides and Victoria’s own depression. Last year became a springboard for change going back to their roots of electronica and acoustic sounds. The result is a profoundly beautiful and sophisticated album. In an age of quickly produced music, you can hear the detail and craft that went into creating this stunning piece of work.

At a time when people working in the entertainment industry are twice as likely to experience depression than the general population, sobriety has become a clearer way of seeing and living in the world.

“Creating new music is incredibly healing. The countless days and nights spent working on the intricate details and immersing ourselves in the iridescent textures and sounds aided the mental health healing process. Lyrically, the album reflects on the subjects of suicide and depression with the essence of hope, love and care for one another. We used electronically created sounds alongside the acoustic instruments that are unique to the album sounding like a 40 piece ensemble at times. In our long recording process we shared all the writing and composition, adding vocals, guitars and the electronic sounds”.

“It was important to us that the electronics are an integral part of the band both on the recordings and live. Not to replace musicians but to be a musician in their own right”. 

Their hopes are to perform the new music across the globe in 2024 and beyond.

Praise for Hangover Square and 'Painting With an Open Heart'

“…this is hugely accomplished…an impressive calling card…a hangover most definitely worth nursing…” 

“…masterfully created, ambitious piece of work…the string arrangements shimmer over the tracks like sunbeams breaking through a clouded sky and the vocal harmonies are carefully crafted throughout…delicate vocal harmonies floating over a velvet wash of sound…Iridescent, cinematic and rich in texture…”

“…harmonic ingenuity and rhythmic resilience…the record sounds contemporary. We were pleasantly surprised, we are a fan…now you…! – Keys and Chords

‘Painting With An Open Heart is like a balm for the soul. Bourne shows what an excellent singer she is. The production here is excellent, the song is superb, it is very soul and heart, but also dark and gloomy, yes almost a little scary sometimes, so do not expect any pink cotton clouds. But even black can offer beauty and it shows Hangover Square with all the desired clarity” Zero Magazine

‘Victoria’s voice has a classical purity and laser clarity creating poetic structures that have only to be felt to be understood..City Slumber breathes dreams in slow poised duo harmonies that build into a scorching guitar solo’ ….
‘There’s dialogue with the dead, through an atmospheric ambience of bells and birdsong in immaculate taste, where words are pictures in smoke, within a soundtrack for your inner eye’   RnR Magazine

“An upbeat and brilliant track” BBC Upload Adam Crowther

‘a beautiful, sublime well-orchestrated and performed, deep and profound piece of music’
Pure West Radio, BB Skone’s Pembrokeshire Music Show, Malcolm Cawley

“Splendid Album” Resonance FM, Balling The Jack, Joe Cushley

Praise for Hangover Square and 'HORIZONS'

‘Such a beautiful song, you could hear their music on TV series’
BBC Radio Bristol,  Elliot Darby

‘It’s got a marvellous feel to the music’
Pure West Radio, BB Skone’s Pembrokeshire Music Show, Malcolm Cawley

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