Music: Hannah Peel returns with new album
One of our faves, Hannah Peel is back with an ambitious new record. The Northern Irish artist and electronic composer’s third album is a seven-movement odyssey composed for analogue synthesizers and full, traditional 29-piece colliery brass band.
‘Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia’, explores one person’s journey to outer space, by recounting the story of an unknown, elderly, pioneering, electronic musical stargazer and her lifelong dream to leave her terraced home in the mining town of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, to see Cassiopeia for herself.
With artwork by Grammy award winning designer Jonathan Barnbrook (David Bowie collaborator on albums ‘Blackstar’ and ‘The Next Day’) and the complete brass band and rhythm section recorded live on location in The Barnsley Civic Theatre with Peter Gabriel’s Real World studio team, this exclusive album combines Peel’s detailed, analogue synth layered production and her expressive flair for performance with ‘Tubular Brass’, featuring the top UK championship brass band players.
“We have a hundred billion neurons in our brains, as many as there are stars in a galaxy” Theoretical physicist and author, Carlo Rovelli.
Continuing themes from her last record and by delving further into the rabbit hole of the mind, creating parallels between the human brain and space, Peel combines the unearthly sound textures and celestial ostinatos of the analogue synthesizers with the tremendously deep and rich power of traditional ‘British’ brass band to map Mary’s intergalactic passage into another world.
Hannah: “I wanted these huge slabs of planetary sounds to echo the excitement and wonder of our human need to explore and develop. Outer space is where only a select few can reach; yet it is somewhere we dream of going, or perhaps collectively, simply wanting to know what is out there. The unparalleled vastness in our galaxy is as equally melancholy and desolate, as Mary’s lonely voyage away from all she knows”.
You can pre-order the album here: https://hannahpeel.tmstor.es/
Live shows for Mary Casio: Journey To Cassiopeia
23 Liverpool Liverpool Philharmonic Concert Hall
30 Stockton The Arc
21 Barnsley The Civic Theatre
28 Basingstoke The Anvil Concert Hall
For tickets to the latest Hannah Peel shows go here: http://www.hannahpeel.com/