We confirmed last week that Will Burns and Hannah Peel would be joining us at Sea Change this year - they will be playing in our stunning St Mary’s Church venue - and we’re really excited today to start talking about their really quite beautiful Chalk Hill Blue collaborative album. Produced by Erland Cooper, it’s released on the immaculate Rivertones label on Friday 22 March. It’s going to be a big part of the year at Sea Change and Drift .
Chalk Hill Blue is a record of electronic ruralism channeling lives threaded through the chalk landscapes of Southern England. Watch Will and Hannah introduce it below.
Perhaps if Delia Derbyshire’s later years in Cumbria had been happier then a record like this might have emerged from the fells, or alternatively if Virginia Astley’s gardens had contained a modular synth or two. Other triangulation points might include Hans Joachim Roedelius’s bucolic kosmiche reveries, Joanna Brouk’s new age minimalism, or James Yorkston’s ambient spoken word experiments. Like the butterfly with which it shares its name, Chalk Hill Blue is a rare thing: a glorious electric pastoral shimmer.
- Adapted from a beautiful bio written by Rob St John, November 2018.