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Fenella

The Metallic Index

    Jane Weavers experimental ensemble in collaboration with Peter Philipson and Raz Ullah, Fenella returns with a hallucinogenic excursion into ambient textures and hypnagogic drones on new album ‘The Metallic Index’. Taking further steps into their combined compositional universe with this follow-up to 2019’s acclaimed Fehérlófia album.

    Loosely based on a genuine story accounting the short-lived abilities of a young psychic nurse in 1920’s London, Fenella’s niche muse justifies this celebratory return to vinyl but not once does it fall into the supposed tropes of staid hauntological-plunderphonics which repeatedly come to muddy our thirsty streams. Fenella make spirited melodic progressive pop music that pulsates with the same magnetism that fans of Jane Weaver's own The Silver Globe and Modern Kosmology have come to expect and hold closely.

    Handcrafted using a generous archive of some of the best vintage equipment in the country (partly recorded at Soundgas studios in Darkest Derbyshire) the sound structures you hear at the heart of this album form the basis for Fenella's best work yet, while the individual spectral vocalisations and ethereal electronics that circle the room capture this trio's return, as peripheral visions, in full-phantasmic bloom.

    "A sonic exaltation and refinement of craft, going further into the realms of atmospheric abstract cosmology blissfully morphed with the mythopoetic" The Quietus.

    TRACK LISTING

    Side A
    A1 Pulsion (Nurse On Train)
    A2 Instituts Métapsychique
    A3 "A Young Girl Of Medium Height"
    A4 Hexagonal Table
    A5 Telekinetoscopes
    Side B
    B1 Shadow Apparatus
    B2 The Metallic Index
    B3 Lilacs Illuminate In Indigo
    B4 After The Visions
    B5 Stellar In Spectra
    B6 Are They With You? (The Final Chord)

    Fenella

    Fenella

      ‘Fenella’ is the latest project from Jane Weaver - musical polymath and one of the most respected electronic composers of recent times - and her long-term bandmates Peter Philipson and Raz Ullah.

      Having already released three critically-acclaimed LP’s within the last five years Weaver’s creativity continues to expand ever further into the (modern) kosmos with this reimagined soundtrack to Marcell Jankovics’ cult animation Fehérlófia.

      Released in 1981, Fehérlófia is a remarkable animation based in ancient folklore with a narrative culled from mythical tales of the Scythans, Huns and Avars.

      Weaver’s richly emotional and psychedelic music offers a perfect contemporary dialogue with Jankovics’ astonishing visual aesthetic.

      A mixture of ambient textures, menacing drones and spine-tingling vocals combine to create a lavish soundscape saturated with hypnotic moods and cinematic atmosphere.

      Fenella’s self-titled LP is a continuation of Fire Records re-imagined score series.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: F'in-ell-a, this is good. As you'd expect, a project from Raz, Jane and Peter being anything but wonderful would be a rare day indeed, but this woozy slab of arpy psychedelia is pushing the boundaries. Intricate but easily digested, this rich tapestry of fizzing oscillators and analogue saturation is a gift straight from the white mare's mouth. AT LEAST 250ug of pure joy.

      TRACK LISTING

      Side A
      Slow Swoop
      Three Heads Rising
      Bright Curse
      Occurring In Waves
      Triangular Journey
      The Seed
      Pendulum
      Shard Of Glass
      Truly Seduced

      Side B
      The Spectacle
      Battle
      Echo Chamber Of Your Heart
      Strength In Air
      Rotation Wells
      Gilded Griffin
      Transfiguration Into One


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