Imagine going from Barnsley to outer space. This is what Northern Irish electronic artist Hannah Peel explores on this new opus. It's the story of an elderly pioneering electronic music artist who dreams of leaving her Barnsley home and seeing Cassiopeia for herself. Peel realises this with horns by those responsible for Tubular Brass. She's also one third of the Magnetic North dont'cha know.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 20 September 2017
Unique if nothing else, Hannah Peel puts analogue synths and a traditional colliery band together for this concept LP that follows the fictional tale of a Barnsley pensioner and former pioneering electronic music producer who leaves her terraced home in order to see Cassiopeia for herself. The result is kind of like a collaboration between Vangelis and the Grimethorpe Colliery Band. A series of uplifting suite's that use the power of the brass and it's distinctive tone to create emotional and cathartic music.
There's something about the venture that you'd think would lead perfectly to the stage. A backdrop of bleak Barnsley behind them as a huge colliery band joined up with banks of synths. The music undulates between cold electronica and the warming tones of the brass. It's almost too close to a hipster's dream stage show at times but there's no doubting that certain pieces have the ability to thrill in that particularly Northern way.
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