Electronic composer and producer Hannah Peel has revealed the details of a new album called Fir Wave, which arrives on March 26 through her own imprint My Own Pleasure. For the creation of this record, she has interpolated and re-interpreted some sounds of the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop pioneers like Delia Derbyshire. Peel explains:
“The specialist library label KPM, gave me permission to reinterpret the original music of the celebrated 1972 KPM 1000 series: Electrosonic, the music of Delia Derbyshire and the Radiophonic Workshop.”
She also adds: “I’m drawn to the patterns around us and the cycles in life that will keep on evolving and transforming forever. Fir Wave is defined by its continuous environmental changes and there are so many connections to those patterns echoed in electronic music – it’s always an organic discovery of old and new.”
The first song to be shared from the record is “Emergence in Nature”, which is equal parts soothing and energising, like a lucid dream of being on a dancefloor. Peel makes use of the analogue sounds and textures afforded by the KPM 1000 series, but “Emergence in Nature” is wholly modern in its final form, where percolating beats and crystalline synths guide the listener down translucent halls of imagination. Peel keeps the production unpredictable, taking us on floating asides into angelic vocal harmonies and later a fist-pumping segment of synth-brass – and yet “Emergence in Nature” remains entirely of a piece; organic, original and engrossing.