Switched On – Hannah Peel & Paraorchestra: The Unfolding

A nudge in the direction of this new release from Mercury-nominated Hannah Peel and Bristol’s Paraorchestra, under their artistic director Charles Hazlewood. The Paraorchestra are an ensemble of professional disabled and non-disabled musicians, and Peel has been working with them for a couple of years.

Their collaboration The Unfolding is a beauty, as a listen to the title track will confirm. Remote voices paint an airy sound picture, with sonorous cello and flickering electronics.

While that piece is more obviously classical, We Are Part Mineral honours its title by bringing a fulsome percussion section to the fore, a nice combination of propulsive rhythms and spacious textures:

The Unfolding is out now on Real World, and comes highly recommended! You can hear more from the album by listening on the Bandcamp link below:

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