“A great singer and a latter day Delia Derbyshire” The Observer
“A beautiful record – one of the albums of the year” Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
“Peel’s new Awake But Always Dreaming album is a sublime electronic opus” **** Q Magazine
“Rich, detailed and beguiling” **** The Irish Times
“Hannah Peel’s new album is an incredible record” The Quietus
“Sonic ravishment. Enchanting” **** Daily Mirror
The Northern Irish artist, singer and electronic composer and member of the The Magnetic North, Hannah Peel released her new solo album ‘Awake But Always Dreaming’ to great acclaim at the end of 2016, with Q Magazine describing the album as a ‘sublime electronic opus’ in their 4 star review.
Voted ‘No.1 Album of the Year’ by Electronic Sound Magazine, ‘Awake But Always Dreaming’ is a record about memory: the luminous and beautiful formation of memories and the devastating loss or slow, insidious damage to the mind. Produced and recorded with long-term collaborator Erland Cooper, with orchestrations by Peel, both in their own, richly analogue studio in Shoreditch, London and at Attica Audio in County Donegal, Ireland.
Her single ‘Tenderly’ from the album was playlisted by BBC 6 Music and in the wake of a sold out headline show in Shoreditch Church in November 2016, Peel was interviewed by Radio 4, The Guardian and Lauren Laverne (who also invited her to play a BBC 6 Music session).
Peel first came to recognition with her mesmerizing, hand-punched ‘music box’ EP ‘Rebox’, featuring covers of ‘80s bands Cocteau Twins, Soft Cell, & New Order. Having released her critically lauded solo debut album ‘The Broken Wave’, Peel then formed The Magnetic North, a highly praised and expansive collaborative project with Simon Tong (The Verve, The Good The Bad And The Queen, Gorillaz) and Erland Cooper (Erland & The Carnival).
She also created a series of limited edition EPs, – the increasingly electronic ‘Nailhouse’ in 2013, followed by the stunning analogue beauty of ‘Fabricstate’ in 2014. A year later Peel released ‘Rebox 2’ with music-box covers of ‘Queen’ (originally performed by Perfume Genius), John Grant’s ‘Pale Green Ghosts’, Wild Beasts’ ‘Palace’, as well as her glorious cover of East India Youth’s triumphant ‘Heaven How Long’.
2016 was Peel’s busiest year to date: in addition to her solo album, she collaborated with Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve (aka Erol Alkan & Richard Norris) on the singles ‘Diagram Girl’ and ‘Creation’ and her band The Magnetic North released their widely praised second album, ‘Prospect Of Skelmersdale’ in March ’16.
Peel also created the music for the moving ‘Santa Forgot’ TV and online advert for Alzheimer’s Research UK which was screened in the run up to Christmas 2016.
Ever creatively restless and forward-thinking, she’s been composing a new record with new synth-based, space-age alter-ego Mary Casio – a characteristically experimental piece combining analogue electronics and a 33-piece colliery brass band (it debuted to a sold out Manchester audience in May ’16).
Although modestly she shies away from any comparison, it’s little wonder The Observer describes Peel as ‘a great singer and a latter day Delia Derbyshire.’