“It’s hard not to associate haunting with grief, terror, or darkness but this body of work is about a yearning for a quiet cool space, away from people, heat, intrusive thoughts and constant overload of information, a space to allow the memories to flood in. Some of these memories will be haunting, some will lead us to raw places and some will simply be a moment to breathe and remember how we arrived here.
The five tracks are improvised performances – an experiment in what happens when you enter a space alone, break the silence with music for a brief time and then walk away, nobody knowing you were there. Cannell explores the original loudspeakers that are embedded in the English landscape in the form of medieval churches – always searching for feelings and emotions within the stone walls of these lonely towered buildings.
This time she also introduces field recordings of bells being loosened and the tawny owls who also sat listening. WE LONG TO BE HAUNTED follows Cannell’s critically acclaimed seventh solo album ‘Antiphony of the Trees’, which came out earlier this year.”