Society of Sound: July

The July release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound is Hannah Peel’s third album Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia. A seven-movement odyssey composed for analogue synthesizers and full, traditional 29-piece colliery brass band.

This is Mary Casio’s greatest journey – destination Cassiopeia! 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…?

Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia is a very human and intimate album mixing vintage electronics, found sounds and the nuances of the individual brass instruments to tell Mary’s story. The complete brass band and rhythm section were recorded live on location in The Barnsley Civic Theatre by the Real World studio team.

“I wanted these huge slabs of planetary sounds to echo the excitement and wonder of our human need to explore and develop” say Hannah.

Read more about the recording of the album and the story of Mary Casio.

Hannah Peel & Tubular Brass will play at this year’s WOMAD