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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.


Scott Walker – Scott 4
Oh God. My favourite of all his records. This is about the strings. I adore string arranging because there’s this moment when you’ve transferred the music on the page to this overwhelming, beautiful sound and there’s a physical, adrenal rush to it. I get this shiver-down-the-spine feeling. I know I’ve gone wrong if I don’t get that. When I first heard this album, with the arrangements from Wally Stott and Scott’s voice – it’s just stayed with me. And the story of Wally Stott, changing her name to Angela Morley and going on to make all those recordings and having that incredible career, is a huge influence.

There’s a pattern in your choices, each informed by some element of your own musicality, your own art-making processes. Like this next one shows something different again…