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hannah peel's debut album, 'broken wave', kicks 2011 off with style. a lovelorn spun tale of falling in love, rejection and life's trivia, it's a breathtaking release in which peel channels her melancholy and aspirations into cantering ditties destined for much greater things than the intimate atmosphere they evoke. from playing fiddle with her dad in ireland to her time as part of a multi-media band in liverpool, the genesis of peel confounds expectations of the 'typical' artist. indeed, peel is a multi-instrumentalist playing practically everything on the record, drawing particular inspiration from her irish upbringing but with a unique twist on her own yorkshire roots (especially evident in her use of brass band). bringing tunng's mike lyndsay in on production duties, after static caravan suggested him as the perfect counterpoint to her off kilter and plaintive solipsism, peel explains, 'we worked together on one track and it was just incredible the music we created in one day. mike, straight away, sensed the nature of my songs: the melancholic lyrics and melody, the not so traditional song structures.'
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