HANNAH PEEL – ” ‘Mary Casio – Journey To Cassiopeia “

Posted: August 27, 2017 in MUSIC
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‘Sunrise Through The Dusty Nebula’ is taken from the forthcoming album ‘Mary Casio – Journey To Cassiopeia’ from Hannah Peel.  The electronic composer’s third album is a seven-movement odyssey composed for analogue synthesizers and full, traditional 29 piece colliery brass band! With only a year following on from the release of her second album Awake But Always Dreaming to widespread acclaim (Voted Number 1 Album of the year in Electronic Sound Magazine), 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 (Bowie Collaborator on the 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. It’s a wholly unique, collaborative sound and seemingly, a first of it’s kind both live and on record. At the close of the album’s final song The Planet of Passed Souls, tutti brass jostle with the hiss and crackle of a 78rpm record. An emotionally charged, scratchy sample taken from a 1928 recording of Peel’s own choirboy grandfather in Manchester Cathedral leaves the listener questioning the reality of Mary’s connection with the stars… Did she ever make it to Cassiopeia? Is this all a daydream as she sits in a back garden shed tinkering with electronics and her telescope? Or maybe this is her final breath as her mind and body pass into another realm of life? Is this science or fantasy? And how much is there really a division between the two?

LP – Limited to 500 Copies in Gatefold Mirror Board Sleeve.

Hannah Peel Q&A with Wolfgang Buttress at Rough Trade Nottingham,

Entry is FREE to the conversation and Q&A at Rough Trade Nottingham on September 25th and you’re welcome to pre-order the new album (picking up a copy to get signed at the event):


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