London-based Northern Irish singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Hannah Peel and English folk singer Nancy Wallace have just released a Xmas single as part of the 2014 edition of the Netherland's based Snowflakes Christmas Singles Club.
Snowflakes Christmas Singles Club was started in 2013 to celebrate the (vinyl) Christmas single. Last year, Smoke Fairies (London, UK), The Garlands (Stockholm, Sweden), The Miserable Rich (Brighton, UK) and The Silhouettes (Amsterdam, Holland) recorded singles, that were met with much critical acclaim.
Of each 7” 500 copies are pressed (on snow white vinyl) and each 7” comes in its own full colour sleeve. The singles are also available as digital downloads (from December 1st on). The singles can be ordered through Big Cartel: http://snowflakes.bigcartel.com
On the A-side of the Hannah Peel single Hannah 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!
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.
Listen to 'Find Peace' on Soundcloud:
Listen to 'REBOX - I Believe In Father Christmas' on Soundcloud:
Or watch the Piers Vernon-Kell directed video of the song on Youtube:
On the A-side of the Nancy Wallace single, Nancy sings the fragile and beautiful original 'January', sounding like a longlost gem from the 1960s UK folk scene, about missing your friends and family and longing to be re-united with them at Christmas time.
On the flipside, there is another song about a loved that is being missed at Christmas, '2000 Miles'. Originally written by Chris Hynde for Pretenders-guitar player James Honeyman-Scott, '2000 Miles' was a big hit for her band The Pretenders at Christmas 1983. Nancy has stripped down the song to its bare essentials, and with just her voice, sweet but with a touch of sadness, and an acoustic guitar, turns it into a touching folk song. The 7” comes in artwork done by Canadian painter – and Nancy's husband – Trevor Kiernander.
Listen to 'January' on Soundcloud: