Hannah Peel with Benge: 'Find Peace' b/w 'REBOX - I Believe In Father Christmas'
Hannah Peel's ‘Find Peace & REBOX – I Believe In Father Christmas’ is one of two 7" records released as part of the 2014 edition of the Snowflakes Christmas Singles Club. Each single, limited to 500 copies only and pressed on snow-white vinyl, features an original commissioned composition and also an interpretation of an existing Christmas song.
On the A-side of this fifth single in the series, London-based, award winning artist and multi-instrumentalist Hannah Peel is joined by renowned, electronic musician and producer Benge for the original song 'Find Peace’. Embracing Hannah’s influences and the musical tradition of 60s electronic pioneers like Delia Derbyshire, 80s electronic artists like John Foxx, OMD (with whom Hannah both worked in recent years) and modern artists like Vessel and Alt-J, Hannah harness a wide range of vintage analogue electronic synthesizers to deliver a Christmas song that is as modern and 2014 as any Christmas song can get!
Longing for the cold but merry winters of yesteryear and in these current times of ever present global warming, heat raging conflicts and political tensions; the song mirrors the universal message of winter and Christmas. It’s a tasteful sentiment to the ever-pressing needs of humanity, to ‘Find Peace’ in troubled times.
Hannah first came to recognition with her mesmerizing and unique, hand punched music box covers, aptly name the REBOX. On the B-side is Hannah's remix version of Greg Lake's 1975 Christmas hit, 'I Believe In Father Christmas'. Hannah truly makes this song her own with her beautiful voice soaring above a music box and subtle vintage yet playful electronics. Imploring a return to the traditional values of Christmas (as a time of family warmth and love and a feeling of forgiveness and acceptance) this makes it the perfect companion piece to the original A-side and a masterful reinterpretation of a classic.
The Northern Irish artist and composer first came to recognition in 2010 with her critically lauded solo EP ‘Rebox’, a unique collection of 80s covers played on her notorious music box, followed by her debut album ‘The Broken Wave’ in 2011 to further acclaim. Through the successes of these two releases she then formed The Magnetic North, an expansive and collaborative project with Simon Tong (of The Verve and Gorillaz fame) and Erland Cooper (Erland & The Carnival) which received widespread critical acclaim. Continuing her solo work this year, her latest release ‘Fabricstate’ EP is another emotive and skillful demonstration of Hannah’s considerable talent and includes the award-winning song ‘Chloe’, which won a prestigious Royal Television Award for ‘Best Original Title Music’ in the UK. While the influence of Hannah’s experience scoring brass and string arrangements for her ‘Orkney: Symphony of The Magnetic North’ album, coupled with her own orchestral work at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre is noticeable here, it is clear that her technical background and passion for Fabricstate EP 2014 using analogue synthesizers both old and new combined with self-made organic instruments has created a seemingly flawless and delicate series of EP’s. Again it is evidenced here on this breathtaking, festive release which we are proud to have had commissioned.