Hour is an instrumental ensemble fronted by Philadelphia’s Michael Cormier-O’Leary


Formed in the flourishing underground of West Philadelphia in the latter half of the 2010s, Hour has fluctuated in size and scope around Cormier-O’Leary’s clear yet open-ended harmonic framework and ambitious ear. Ease the Work (out April 12 via Dear Life Records) builds on the bedrock of Hour’s first two records, Tiny Houses and Anemone Red, and represents the group at its most expansive in sound and membership.

To record Ease the Work, the crew traveled via ferry with an entire studio’s worth of equipment to an old off-Broadway theater on Peaks Island in Maine, months before the first tourists would show up. The week-long session started with an island-wide power outage that halted recording on the first day, and ended with twelve songs that walk steadily between longing and contentment, sentimentality and subtlety, the lift of harmony and the compulsion of a melody you wish would play forever.

Following an appearance at Joe Pera’s live presentation of Drifting Off With Joe Pera in Brooklyn, the group will embark on a tour to Texas and back around SXSW. 

Hour on tour:
Feb 24 Brooklyn, NY – Williamsburg Opera House*
Mar 06 Pittsburgh, PA – Skyzone 2
Mar 07 Cleveland, OH – Shepard Records
Mar 08 Columbus, OH – The Rambling House
Mar 09 Cincinnati, OH – DSGN CLLCTV
Mar 10 Louisville, KY – B-Side
Mar 11 St. Louis, MO – William A. Kerr Foundation
Mar 12 Columbia, MO – Cafe Berlin
Mar 13 Fayetteville, AR – Trillium Salon Series
Mar 15 Austin, TX – Dear Life Records SXSW Showcase
Mar 16 Austin, TX – Biscuit Press
Mar 17 Dripping Springs, TX – Chill Phases
Mar 19 Nashville, TN – Random Sample
Mar 20 Boone, NC – Lily's Snack Bar
Mar 21 Greenville, SC – Cabin Floor Records
Mar 22 Durham, NC – Perfect Lovers
Mar 23 Takoma Park, MD – Perfect Lovers
May 15 Keene, NH – The Thing in the Spring
Apr 12 Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA w/ More Eaze, Echotracer (Ease the Work release show)
Apr 13 Brooklyn, NY @ The Owl w/ More Eaze, Justin Felton & Ryan El Solh (Ease the Work release show)
May 15 Keene, NH – The Thing in the Spring
* w/ Joe Pera