The Blue Hour blends post-folk melodies with ethereal wave, neon futurism, and warped dance floor heartbeats. The result is dreampop-noir that is unique to the Seattle-based duo Marselle and Brian Hodges, charged with haunting ambience and some classical structures. The Blue Hour’s music creates an otherworldly and hypnotic effect, focusing on texture and rhythm and beautiful discord ... and most of all magic.
After releasing a string of singles, the Blue Hour plans to release their new album, “In Every Breath,” in June 2019. Their 2017 album, “Always,” received critical praise from across the globe, landing on multiple “best of” lists and even breaking into the music charts (OK, so they peaked at number 27 on the Scottish New Music Charts—but that’s a chart!).
FOR LOVERS OF: Kate Bush, Marissa Nadler, Chelsea Wolfe, early 4AD output (This Mortal Coil, Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance), Sharon Van Etten, Siouxsie Sioux
“The Blue Hour are arch-dream weavers whose almost narcotic backdrops are the perfect structure to hang such rich and emotive vocals, ones which at times sound like lost studio sessions by ambient music’s first lady, Kate Bush, slowed down and blissed out and the result is nothing less than a future classic of the dream-pop canon." -Dancing About Architecture
“What we loved in Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, and This Mortal Coil (the early 4AD output) is here in new motion, embracing the current modernities of the genre they adore–yet the LP is not retro at all! The result is a unique haunting ambience which creates an otherworldly hypnotic effect, focusing on texture and rhythm with inspired discord.” -Noise Journal
"Delivering a mesmerizing sound that blends the best of Kate Bush and This Mortal Coil." - The Big Takeover
The Blue Hour “fills in that void created with the dissipation of so many of the bands we loved from the early 4AD days” with a “new melody, a new voice, and ever-present delivery and production.” -The Record Stache
“The Blue Hour are students of music past and present. Their swirling soundscape lends itself brilliantly to the earthy and haunting vocals of Marselle Hodges. The music dances around you as if in a dream-like state with a minimal lush approach. Imagine Chelsea Wolfe fronting Dead Can Dance and you will only be scratching the surface of what the Blue Hour has to offer.” - InnocentWords.com
“Heirs to that magic 80s pop in which Cocteau Twins had so much to say, transmute, and seduce, now, can be found in the Blue Hour. Their evanescent melodies, while transcendent, ask for passage through fire, make way to your heart and are placed in the chamber of your brain, so they are fired again and again” – Rooted Sounds
The Blue Hour previously released two albums and one EP of "romantic neofolk" through the independent label, Perun (distributed by Big Blue). Those albums received praise from independent press, calling the music "unique and honest … sweet and bitter, of apparent quietude," drawing comparisons to Nick Drake and Martyn Bates from Eyeless In Gaza. One reviewer noted that "fragile and lunar emotions flow from these melancholic tracks, always on the razor's edge, on the verge of going under at any moment, but that keep a proud and vengeful poise."
Over the years, the Blue Hour has supported numerous darkwave and industrial acts including Sol Invictus, In Gowan Ring, Unto Ashes, and Gitane Demone.