Stream: Hannah Peel Delivers Human Tenderness On ‘Awake But Always Dreaming’
Fall may have just arrived, but Hannah Peel’s sophomore full length Awake But Always Dreaming is sure to soundtrack many chilly days to come. The Northern Irish artist’s spacious yet cozy vibe will immediately appeal to fans of How To Dress Well and Jessy Lanza, blending skittering electronics with moments of pastoral minimalism to make something profoundly human. Orchestral but not baroque, her inventive compositions blend with her crisp, pure vocals to evoke that particular white light of winter mornings.
“We live between the act of awakening each morning to the light of a new day in the world of time, and each night we surrender to the dark world of dreams where time is no more,” Peel tells us via email. “Where between these frames of life any journey is possible. To try and understand where my grandmother had gone as she fell deeper into dementia and could no longer remember herself or family, I made a record of two halves…from the youth of a new day and the upbeat optimistic tracks to the age of the night where words are lost and repeated and nothing seems real anymore. I wanted to go on a journey into the rabbit hole of the mind where even the crackling of neurons and synapses as the mind degrades, can be heard.”
Peel’s search for connectivity is also seen in her collaborations with Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve and her role as a member of the Magnetic North. Awake But Always Dreaming’s album closer “Cars In The Garden,” a Paul Buchanan cover, features her teaming up with Hayden Thorpe of Wild Beasts, who recently released their own powerfully raw album Boy King. Listen to the latest from Peel below and follow her on Twitter for more.