Beneath Swooping Talons
Following her critically-acclaimed 2014 debut album Quick Sparrows Over the Black Earth, Laura Cannell presents Beneath Swooping Talons. With deconstructed bow and the extraordinary sound of double recorder, the album grew out of unearthed fragments that became improvised pieces recorded immediately in single takes. Tapping the potent rural landscape and long-dormant musical modes, this album encompasses both wild animal calls and long-forgotten liturgical chords, which, drawn through Cannell's music, seem to originate from the same ahistorical place. With a background in traditional, early, and experimental music, Cannell creates a solitary, minimalist chamber music, with one player making all the harmonies. Based in rural East Anglia, Laura Cannell draws on the emotional influences of the landscape and the sometimes dissonant chords of early and medieval music. Since founding and touring with duo Horses Brawl in 2005, Cannell has established her practice as a solo musician with recorder and fiddle as her primary instruments. Her first album, Quick Sparrows Over the Black Earth, found an audience eager for more, and she followed the release with a wide UK touring schedule that included Royal Festival Hall, Supernormal Festival, Tusk Festival, The Cube Bristol, Café Oto, cathedrals, churches, and National Trust castles, as well as interviews and airplay on BBC Radio 6 Music, NTS Radio, and more. Cannell writes, "We build our own traditions, music which feels like a home for our souls. A place we can be entirely ourselves, where we don't have to think, just be and channel pure music without human interception, only in the physical need to express it with the instruments." Her other projects include an experimental fiddle duo with André Bosman (aka electronic musician Hoofus), Oscilanz with Ralph Cumbers (aka electronic artist and trombonist Bass Clef/Some Truths), and work with renowned drummer Charles Hayward (This Heat, About Group).