Han­nah Peel

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HHHH Mary Ca­sio: Jour­ney To Cas­siopeia MY OWN PLEA­SURE. CD/DL/LP Brass band and ana­logue synths forge an un­likely, el­e­gant union. HAN­NAH’S DI­VERSE mu­si­cal canon in­cludes cov­er­ing the likes of Blue Mon­day, mem­ber­ship of an ex­per­i­men­tal su­per­group (The Mag­netic North, with The Verve’s Si­mon Tong and Er­land Cooper) and an al­bum ex­plor­ing de­men­tia. Here, Peel adopts the persona of Mary Ca­sio, an el­derly Barns­leyite with a yearn­ing for as­tral travel. The York­shire-born multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist and vo­cal­ist melds to­gether the massed ranks of her ana­logue synths, found sounds and clam­orous majesty of the 29-piece Tubu­lar Brass band. When the lat­ter first ap­pear, mid­way through Good­bye Earth – af­ter a serene open­ing, where Peel’s arpeg­giated chords slowly un­furl – it’s like a blast of hot sun in the face. On Life Is On The Hori­zon, the chill of Peel’s synths is coun­ter­pointed by the re­strained, warm­ing grandeur of a solo trum­pet. The re­sult­ing sound is suit­ably celestial, mys­te­ri­ous and awe-in­spir­ing.

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