“Laura Cannell takes us on an exploration of nature in music. This 60 minute playlist features gorgeous sounds from Mary Lattimore, Colin Stetson and Oliver Coates, a track made by sampling reed beds in Suffolk, some 12th century music based on the work of the German Nun, Herbalist, writer, composer and visionary Hildegard von Bingen, the Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Voice Choir and Lana Del Rey.”
“This months music has emerged from a time of reflection, the birds have seemed louder in our silence. The music echoes our past conversations and vivid dreams of love and loss. It helps us to remember those who have gone before while we keep moving forward amongst the blossoms of spring, looking forward to summer but never forgetting.” Laura Cannell & Kate Ellis.
“A welcome monthly arrival, Cannell & Ellis’ series embraces spring on an ‘April Sounds’ volume beautifully light-headed with a changing of the seasons and oscillating pressure fronts.
More explicitly effected than previous month’s outings, the duo’s 4th episode of 2021 features their vocals and strings deftly treated to reverb and delay to probe more expansive and spectral themes after a particularly earthly, nithered volume of ‘March Sounds.’ Everything here feels born again and renewed with light and space, blessed with the tentative promise of a decent harvest this year.
Hashing Irish and British folk traditions with contemporary experimental urges, the results feel timeless and flow with a natural grace and pacing that speaks to their combined years in their respective fields; Laura Cannell as an eminent improvisor who has worked with Mark Fell and Rhodri Davies, and Ireland’s Kate Ellis bringing decades of experience as a classical cellist who has recorded with The National and Fovea Hex.” BOOMKAT
In 2019 Laura Cannell and Polly Wright released an entirely vocal album created by improvising fragments from Folklore and medieval music. It received 4/5 star review in The Guardian and has now been reissued by Boomkat onto a special edition of clear vinyl.
“An utterly timeless collection of vocal improv takes its first bow on vinyl, as Laura Cannell & Polly Wright’s debut tribute to the landscape, history and people inspired by a 19th-century book of Norfolk customs and ballads graces our Editions imprint. It’s a wondrous, humbling, and haunting album bridging folk and medieval styles with a plaintive magick that only appears intensified on record – a huge RIYL Hildegaard von Bingen, Arc Light Edition’ Psalm singer recordings, Julianna Barwick.“