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Tender Prey

Organ Calzone

    The latest long playing release to emerge from Jane Weaver’s fertile Bird Records (via Finders Keepers) comes from tantrumpop superhero and longterm spar Tender Prey, personally known amongst Cardiff watering holes and DIY studios as Laura Bryon or Le B.

    This long anticipated feature length offering, entitled ‘Organ Calzone’, captures the inimitable drummy saccharine tinged pow-wow punk heard at her celebrated live shows (including repeat invites to Festival No 6 and Green Man) thanks to the recordings skills of Steven ‘Sweet Baboo’ Black and the unanimous gushing encouragement of virtually anyone who meets her.

    As the latest enfant terrible to come out of the Welsh capital’s intertwined dysfunctional family tree Laura has racked up countless road miles on tour with bezzy mates H.Hawkline and Cate Le Bon (another Bird school alumni) whilst filling secret diary pages with warm-ups for Chicago’s Ezra Furman and as support-act-in-residence for Jane Weaver. However, where others might nurse post-tour hangovers dissolving Beroccas, Laura’s recent anti-downtime has been spent constructing further walls of noise to the beat of Miss Emma Daman Thomas (drummer in Islet) and layering her own breed of distorted guitar, close enough chord changes and affectionate sarcastic sweetness all of which form the this collection of vari-speed compositions.

    Comparisons to DC femme-punk band Slant 6 and specific permutations of Thee Headcoatees will crumble under the Laura’s very unique personality, which in another era would warrant her own French comic strip.

    As well as repeat radio sessions for 6Music and double-thumbs from Marc Riley, Laura will be spreading her music over various formats sharing vinyl sides with Jane Weaver’s latest single while presenting special editions of the LP on vintage reclaimed compact cassette (with free Rorschach psychiatrist cards) and digital download.

    TRACK LISTING

    Bug Blood
    Pleasure Pain Principle
    Strong Feelings
    Velvetine
    Undisputed Heavyweight
    Champion Of My Heart
    Chicken Liver Blues
    The Tequila Worm
    Blood Simple
    Good Wife
    Night Talking
    Gravy Plate

    Jane Weaver

    The Silver Globe - Deluxe Version

      Like all good parables Jane Weaver’s sixth solo album, a concept album called ‘The Silver Globe’, is as multifaceted as it is beguiling. Part coming of age / part cautionary tale and part romantic paeon, this twelve track synth ridden post-apocalyptic prog pop opus is based on tightly embroidered, non-linear recurring themes and inspired by esoteric stories, cosmic imagery and refiltered past experiences.

      Written from the optimistic vantage of a long-standing female independent artist, in an desperately evolving industry, Jane’s latest set of self penned pop abstractions combine mechanical rock / recycled European cinema / empyrean vocalisations and an arsenal of rescued vintage synths to create a futurist narrative backdrop of a allegorical post apocalyptic landscape.

      ‘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.

      As well as being voted our album of 2014, by the end of last year, ‘The Silver Globe’ had earned a Worldwide Top Ten Track Of The Year accolade by Gilles Peterson, gleaned across the board full-stars and thumbs up from the music press, benefitted unanimous repeat plays from virtually every specialist DJ on BBC6 Music (amongst many more global radio stations), found DJ mix support from Andrew Weatherall and filled most of the pages in a twelve month diary with gig and festival requests. Meanwhile, Jane’s own Bird Imprint (via Finders Keepers) has worked around the clock to keep up with stock demands of her new (and old) music. Album collaborators such as David Holmes, Andy Votel and BC Camplight share gushing pride in the project and with this unanimous critical support (and long earned respect) Jane has reacted in the only way she knows best - to keep creating.

      Barely six months since its initial release Jane releases an expanded edition of ‘The Silver Globe’, including a second full-length disc called ‘The Amber Light’, which follows the original album with the same dedication and adventurous zeal.

      With a title that alludes to the toils of trepidation and a running theme of industrial procreativity and DIY handy craft, ‘The Amber Light’ carves a niche between new age motivational music, Radiophonic folk and snarling Krautrock, echoing the kosmische stylings of ‘The Silver Globe’ with the punk urgency of 80s domestic-synth pop. Featuring four brand new songs, three exclusive instrumental themes (including a commissioned theme from an American vampire film) and three new collaborative re-workings / duets based on tracks from ‘The Silver Globe’, this extensive package harbours co-production work from Tom Furse (The Horrors), Andy Votel, Suzanne Ciani, members of Demdike Stare and original ‘Silver Globe’ inhabitants Pete J Phillipson and Martin King.

      The Fates

      Furia

        Originally scheduled for release on Halloween 1985 this privately pressed all female post-punk / broken-folk collective concept LP was resurrected from the ashes of the original line-up of The Fall and Velvet Underground singer Nico’s Blue Orchids backing band at the command of pioneering Manchester female punk icon Una Baines before disappearing into the annals of UK punk purgatory.

        Comprising all the DIY traits and snarling attitudes of Manchester’s smartarsed punk retaliation, with haunting mechanical folk, pastoral drones and a back story that unites sleeve artist Linder Sterling (Ludus), Spider King, Martin Hannett, Tony Baines, Martin Bramah and John Cooper Clarke with the 16th Century Pendle Witches, this virtually unknown LP is a vital missing piece in Manchester’s self-help anti-pop industry. Lost in the ether, lauded by collectors and likened by Mark E. Smith to the Third Ear Band this unclassifiable arty-fact renders tags like Pagan punk utterly redundant.

        Seemingly unaffected by the passing years since its original release, ‘Furia’ stands alone as a unique vision and testament to its communal casting of fragile mischief - set apart from the era of its conception and eschewing tags like avant-folk, pagan-punk and pastoral-drone by existing within its own spectral significance. It’s hard to imagine a similar record from then but certainly wholly conceivable that such a record would come to pass now.


        TRACK LISTING

        Ceaseless Effort
        Bridget Of Ireland
        Sheila / Beats In My Heart
        No Romance
        Strength (I)
        Holy Hymn
        Who Am I?
        Ritual
        Strength (II)


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