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Wonder & Waveform: Hannah Peel's Favourite Albums
Will Burns , March 10th, 2021 10:04

Hannah Peel speaks to poet, writer and sometime collaborator Will Burns about the 13 albums that influenced her, from Kraftwerk to Jill Scott, Radiohead, Cluster and Steve Reich. Photo by Peter Marley.


Boards Of Canada – Music Has The Right To Children
The first time I heard this was at university, and at the time I was hearing bands like Zero 7 and Air a lot and everything was very ‘chill’… a lot of people smoking weed, getting really into the sound of things. I’d gone from being quite serious about my instruments, doing my grades, singing covers and stuff like that to this place where a whole sound world exploded in my mind. Maybe that time, the drugs and stuff have a little bit to do with that, but whatever it was allowed me to free myself up a bit and this record just sums up that process - and the singular sounds those albums had opened up ways of making music which have really stayed with me.

So there’s a kind of double sense of import to those albums that belong to a specific time in your life but also have some weight of technical discovery?

Yeah, I think they say that that period – your early twenties – is when your auditory cortex is developing, storing music, you’re growing… and this album also introduced me to the next choice.