We’re still sort of claiming Hannah Peel as one of our own, the polymath musical genius once moved amongst us, but now’s settled in London. No matter, her heart is still hooked into our nether regions, if her new project’s anything to go by.
Working with multi-instrumentalist Simon Tong (formerly of The Verve, Blur and The Good, the Bad & the Queen), and Orcadian musician Gawain Erland (and the Carnival) Cooper, she’s just recorded the second The Magnetic North album – The Prospect of Skelmersdale. And it’s as haunting and beautiful as their first collection, Orkney: Symphony of the Magnetic North (our favourite album of 2012.)
You can check out the taster track, Signs, here. Think St Etienne’s listless nostalgia with Black Box Recorder’s echo-laden longings. And you’re getting warm. The curious life and death of a uniquely northern planned town – mapped out like some half-remembered voyage, in a song cycle that explores the hinterland between dream and memory.
You can pre-order it