Jane Weaver

After having heard her outstanding song “Don’t take my soul” on radio, I decided to look further into her and so here is what I found from several sources:

1. From Wikipedia:

Jane Weaver is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Liverpool, England. She runs the record label Bird. Weaver has performed as part of the Britpop group Kill Laura, the folktronica project Misty Dixon, and as a solo artist.

Kill Laura began when Weaver was in sixth form college.[1] Between 1993 and 1996 Kill Laura released five singles, two on Polydor and three on the Manchester Records label run by Rob Gretton, owner of The Haçienda and manager of New Order. Kill Laura disbanded in 1997.

Weaver formed Misty Dixon in 2002. The band originally consisted of Weaver, Anna Greenwood, Dave Tyack and Sam Yates. Misty Dixon released several singles, and one album, Iced To Mode (2003). However, the release of the album was shrouded in tragedy following the disappearance of Tyack in August 2002. Misty Dixon split up in 2004.

2. Her song Argent is pretty epic. Very Stereolab-meets-Can. Coming off her new, 2014 album The Silver Globe, of which a beautiful review can be found on The Quietus:

The album takes its name from Polish filmmaker Andrzej Żuławski’s sci-fi parable Na Srebrnym Globie (On The Silver Globe), shot in the mid-70s, but supressed by the communist authorities at the time due to its implicit rejection of totalitarianism. The film finally saw the light of day in 1988, and is full of striking imagery in a similar vein to Andrei Tarkovsky and Alejandro Jodorowsky. It’s hard to tell how much the film’s concepts and narrative have directly influenced Weaver, but the music sparkles with a techno-utopian sheen and speaks to an age of movie sci-fi when all kinds of philosophical ideas were routinely smuggled onto the screen, from the sublime (2001, Solaris) to the ridiculous (Barbarella, Zardoz).

The album opens with the title track, a short piece of Aphex Twin-esque ambience that conjures up the vastness of the cosmos, its spooky chirruping recurring at various points throughout the album. Then it’s time for blast off with the urgent, propulsive simplicity of ‘Argent’, the insistent drumming and pulsating bass recalling Can’s ‘Mother Sky’ channelled through the deep space filter of Hawkwind. Weaver’s voice is pure and full of humanity, but also sounds detached and unearthly, as though she’s leaving all terrestrial concerns behind. It’s a brilliant example of how to layer musical elements over a basic rhythmic framework, the coiling tendrils of synth building to a string-like intensity as the track reaches its climax.

Where so much space/kraut/psych rock quickly disappears into a formulaic miasma, referencing everything but signifying nothing, Weaver’s strong melodic sensibilities and incisive songwriting powers here alchemise raw genre material and turn it into, well, silver.

3. Listen to the title track of her 2010 album, The Fallen By Watch Bird.

4. Piccadilly records mention the people involved in her latest record:

The Silver Globe’ features collaborations with David Holmes, Australian space rockers Cybotron, Damon Gough (Badly Drawn Boy), Suzanne Ciani and Andy Votel, as well as a recycled chunk of an 80s Hawkwind track.


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