WOMAN’S Hour are back and releasing their first new music in almost five years.

The Kendal band of Fiona Burgess, William Burgess and Josh Hunnisett have put out their second album Ephyra, the follow-up to 2014's Conversations. It is available digitally and has a limited 500 copy run on vinyl.

However, Woman’s Hour decided to break up shortly before the completion of Ephyra. A year after separating they felt a collective drive and desire to finish the album and draw a line in the sand. Fiona described it as "a kind of rebirthing. An opportunity to reflect on what happened and embrace what we achieved."

During the process of writing the album, communication between the band members became increasingly fraught and tense. The songs themselves became a way to explore these feelings and express their effect.

According the band emotions that felt too ugly or too painful to talk about were delivered as lyrics.

The process has been an unconventional one: writing an album, breaking up, leaving their label, and spending a year apart before feeling the need to release what they made together. The release of Ephyra affirms that Woman’s Hour are a band in flux.

Just before Christmas the three-piece surprised their fans releasing Don't Speak from the album as a single.

According to the band the reaction to Don't Speak has been amazing and they've decided to play a few final shows before really calling time on their music.

The first gig of the tour will be at The Fell Bar in Kendal, on Monday, March 11.