The ability of electronic music to paint pictures and stir emotions has often been questioned, but the lockdown conditions of the past year have given artists ample opportunity to quash those reservations from their bedrooms and home studios. It was in the latter environment that Hannah Peel wrote her new album Fir Wave, approaching it from the position of a composer with a great deal of experience in both analogue and electronic means. For this is a piece of work that has no confines, existing way beyond the four walls where it was written.
There's so much to unpack in Hannah Peel's work, that pulling upon one thread can lead to entire worlds falling out of her sonic cupboard. New album 'Fir Wave' is a case in point - dipping into the past (the work of Delia Derbyshire and library crucible KPM are honoured), there's also a carefree wandering into the future, a sense of grappling with the unknown. Cross-referencing everything from the Earth's ecological cycles to Japanese art, this array of detail shouldn't distract from the sheer sonic beauty Hannah Peel conjures on her new album.