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Todmorden's cultural flagship Golden Lion Sounds are back with their forth record in what feels like as many weeks! After gracing us with The Orielles, Dub Smugglers, The Lounge Society and Working Men's Club, Waka's snaffled the delectable talents of disco sensation Crazy P and the psychedelic-pop utterances of one Jane Weaver - I've said it once and I'll say it again - what a coup! 

Apparently now as happy pulling pints behind the GL's beer taps as she is wooing global audiances with her sulty electro-disco style, Danielle Moore fronts Crazy P and for GLS adopts one of her effortlessly cute personas, dropping fizzy 'shoops' over an iconically typical CP groove complete with flanging, low-slung bass, delicate guitar picks and that driving 4/4 that'd make James Murphy blush. "Make Me Feel It" another one of those tracks that instantly makes you feel young and vitalic. 

Jane Weaver, who's frequently populated our End Of Year lists with some incredible albums for Fire and Finders Keepers, reworks one of the killer tracks off 2019's "Loops In The Secret Society": "Mission Desire". An ethereal, dusty jaunt into spiralling psychedelic abandon it's perfect for soundtracking the cleansing period which comes after sampling too many of Waka's concoctions foraged from Todmorden's surrounding countryside.... 

Stupendously limited copies! Buy now or cry later! 

TRACK LISTING

A. Crazy P - Make Me Feel It
B. Jane Weaver - Mission Desire (Loops Variation)

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One of the North-West’s finest exponents of otherworldly pop has landed back on earth with an album of shimmering space age bliss. Elements of disco, new wave and krautrock are undoubtedly present in Flock, but Jane never relies on genre tropes to carry her work. Instead, she harnesses familiar rhythmic devices and choices of instrumentation in her own distinctive way. And while comparisons could be drawn between Jane and contemporaries like Vanishing Twin and Gwenno, she has undeniably staked out her own domain within the realm of off-kilter synth pop.

Throughout Flock Jane demonstrates her delicate vocal agility over a series of hypnotic loops and clever synthesis. The lazy disco strut of “The Revolution Of Super Visions” sets up a jangling interplay between Jane’s sweetly sung declamations, new wave style guitar interjections and Cowley-esque synth squelch. While “Modern Reputation” is propelled forwards by a Broadcast style motorik rhythm with electronics whirring in the background and mantra-like vocal loops swirling in a strange ecstasy.

In the title track Jane’s gauzy vocals reverberate over the ebb and flow of a loose knit groove, while in “Sunset Dreams” ornate guitar riffs weave in amongst a haze of twinkling chimes and fizzing sawtooth synthesis. The album culminates in a moment of escapist pop euphoria with final track “Solarised”, laden with cascading arps and irresistible vocal hooks. Once again Jane has succeeded in creating something playful, fresh and unpretentious which is in equal parts a fun and intelligent listen. All hail the cosmic synth queen! 


STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: This new outing from Jane Weaver sees Jane and co skirting the outer reaches of Disco, Synth-pop and ambient to stunning effect, rich with hooks but unmeasurably deep, it's one that will reveal more and more with each listen. Unsurprisingly superb.

TRACK LISTING

Side A
A1 Heartlow
A2 The Revolution Of Super Visions
A3 Stages Of Phases
A4 Lux
A5 Modern Reputation
Side B
B1 Flock
B2 Sunset Dreams
B3 All The Things You Do
B4 Pyramid Schemes
B5 Solarised

Jane Weaver

Loops In The Secret Society - Deluxe Edition

    This unique package successfully archives the key elements of Jane’s ‘Loops In The Secret Society’ tour. Housed in a concise limited-edition pocket-compendium the new CD version brings Jane’s fully realised ‘Loops Variations’ and sonic installations into your own environment with new illustrations based on the songs by Andy Votel and DVD featuring the experimental film installation featured on the tour by Nick Farrimond. When science fiction turns science fact the effect can be truly momentous. The state demands that no-one wants an unlicensed machine-hum from an outbuilding; no-one wants clever prose mapping the future, no-one wants “music” that is attention-seeking, soul-defining, beneficial, Biblical, baroque and beautiful.

    No-one told Jane Weaver that. Jane Weaver’s multi-layered synthetics evolved into a welcoming slew with 2014’s ‘The Silver Globe’, continuing through to 2017’s ‘Modern Kosmology’. ‘Loops In The Secret Society’ is a re-imagined journey through parts of both albums, with new ambient pieces primed and polished; with new tangents explored in a lab-friendly blossoming of the Weaver vision that travels yet further into the psych of our future. A continuous experience with one-line observations set in glorious sense-stimulating sound. That source material was then united in an expansionist experiment in late 2018. The ‘Loops In The Secret Society’ tour fused unrelated sounds set off against sympathetic new textures, tones and drones; hot-housed into an idealistic soundscape that formed the conducive parts of the imminent album of the same name. Co-conspirators include Henry Broadhead, PJ Phillipson and Andy Votel. Renegades all, headed by the enigmatic Weaver all under surveillance. 

    TRACK LISTING

    1 Element (Loops Variation)
    2 Milk Loop
    3 Arrows (Loops Variation)
    4 Found Birds
    5 H>A>K (Loops Variation)
    6 Did You See Butterflies (Loops Variation)
    7 Sun House
    8 I Wish (Loops Variation)
    9 Mission Desire (Loops Variation)
    10 Battle Ropes
    11 Found Birds
    12 Slow Motion (Loops Variation)
    13 Margins
    14 Cells (Loops Variation)
    15 Code (Loops Variation)
    16 Signs Are Rising
    17 Ravenspoint (Loops Variation)
    18 Sous Le Même Soleil, Vie Disparu Dans Le Ciel (Loops Variation)
    19 Majic Milk (Loops Variation)
    20 Conduit
    21 Ivana Vessel
    22 Battle Ropes

    When science fiction turns science fact the effect can be truly momentous. The state demands that no-one wants an unlicensed machine-hum from an outbuilding; no-one wants clever prose mapping the future, no-one wants “music” that is attention-seeking, soul-defining, beneficial, Biblical, baroque and beautiful. No-one told Jane Weaver that.

    Jane Weaver’s multi-layered synthetics evolved into a welcoming slew with 2014’s ‘The Silver Globe’, continuing through to 2017’s ‘Modern Kosmology’. ‘Loops In The Secret Society’ is a re-imagined journey through parts of both albums, with new ambient pieces primed and polished; with new tangents explored in a lab-friendly blossoming of the Weaver vision that travels yet further into the psych of our future. A continuous experience with one-line observations set in glorious sense-stimulating sound.

    That source material was then united in an expansionist experiment in late 2018. The ‘Loops In The Secret Society’ tour fused unrelated sounds set off against sympathetic new textures, tones and drones ; hot-housed into an idealistic soundscape that formed the conducive parts of the imminent album of the same name.

    Co-conspirators include Henry Broadhead, PJ Phillipson and Andy Votel. Renegades all, headed by the enigmatic Weaver – all under surveillance.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Andy says: Beautiful reinterperations of tracks from Jane's last two albums, interspersed with new ambient style pieces to make a brand new album in its own right. Gorgeous.

    TRACK LISTING

    1 Element (Loops Variation)
    2 Milk Loop
    3 Arrows (Loops Variation)
    4 Found Birds
    5 H>A>K (Loops Variation)
    6 Did You See Butterflies (Loops Variation)
    7 Sun House
    8 I Wish (Loops Variation)
    9 Mission Desire (Loops Variation)
    10 Battle Ropes
    11 Found Birds
    12 Slow Motion (Loops Variation)
    13 Margins
    14 Cells (Loops Variation)
    15 Code (Loops Variation)
    16 Signs Are Rising
    17 Ravenspoint (Loops Variation)
    18 Sous Le Même Soleil, Vie Disparu Dans Le Ciel (Loops Variation)
    19 Majic Milk (Loops Variation)
    20 Conduit
    21 Ivana Vessel
    22 Battle Ropes

    Modern Kosmology sees Jane Weaver's melodic-protagonist channeling new depths of creative cosmic energy within. After the huge critical acclaim of 2012's “Fallen By Watchbird”, followed by 2014's exploratory "Silver Globe" LP winning her unanimous "record of the year accolades" and hefty measures of radio play-listing Jane Weaver's conceptual trajectory has sent her neo-kosmische penchants to the point of no-return. Jane Weaver's unwaning yearning for psychoactive pop energy has just reached a new level of magnetism. As snowclones go, Modern Kosmology is the new Silver. Another Spectrum to add to the tension.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1 H>A>K
    A2 Did You See Butterflies?
    A3 Modern Kosmology
    A4 Slow Motion
    A5 Loops In The Secret Society
    B1 The Architect
    B2 The Lightning Back
    B3 Valley
    B4 Ravenspoint
    B5 I Wish

    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 PICCADILLY RECORDS ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2014.

      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.

      Click here to view the full Q&A that Jane Weaver did with Piccadilly Records for our End Of Year Review Booklet 2014.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Andy says: An incredible album, a concept album, a whole world of dreams, a portal. With analogue synths, Krautrock grooves, strange wonky disco and whispy, dislocated folk, Jane created a world of sound you couldn't help but fall in love with and ultimately lose yourself in. The song-writing is top notch, the production incredible, the artwork absolutely beautiful. Everything is perfect about this record.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. The Silver Globe
      2. Argent
      3. The Electric Mountain
      4. Arrows
      5. Don't Take My Soul
      6. Cells
      7. Mission Desire
      8. Stealing Gold
      9. If Only We Could Be In Love
      10. Your Time In This Life Is Just Temporary

      Remaining faithful to her influences of Germanic märchen tales, Eastern European children’s cinema and mechanical pop music, Jane Weaver expands her critically acclaimed ‘Fallen By Watchbird’ concept album in this ten chapter sequel-of-sorts by employing a cast of new actors and narrators to reinterpret her surreal ‘cosmic aquatic folklore’.

      Here Jane experiments with volks-music in its purest, most innocent form using modern tools to re-tell and recycle secondhand stories. Inspired by post-war cinematic interpretations and hand-me-down mistranslations of global folk tales, Jane has collaborated with a close-knit group of musicians, noisemakers and vocalists / narrators to create automatic-music and reilluminate an eleven-page novella about telepathy, technology, lost-love, wiccan, war and watchbirds.

      As part of ongoing voice and electronic experiments with the people behind Pre-Cert Records, ‘The Watchbird Alluminate’ includes a wordless vocal introduction and interlude from both Demdike Stare and the elusive Anworth Kirk, while the spoken-word narrative of Finders Keepers’ lost American pop folk singer Susan Christie is reinterpreted by Ghostbox’s Focus Group with results comparable to Ruth White’s 1968 electronic / vox interpretations of Baudelaire’s ‘Flowers Of Evil’.

      Jane’s own Bird Records label roster contributes two new cover versions of Weaver’s self-penned tracks re-sung by Italian singer Emma Tricca and Rochdale’s time-slipped falsetto soloist Magpahi (in a track evokes cinematic scenes from ‘Night Of The Hunter’ or ‘The Innocents’). Elsewhere vintage soft-pop royalty appears in the form of a lead vocal from Wendy & Bonnie’s, Wendy Flower, a close friend and confidant of Jane’s since their first collaborations in New York and London in 2006 at the request of Jarvis Cocker for his guest curation at the Meltdown festival.

      Other lead performances from Weaver add a new poetic twist to the story in both solo capacity and alongside Samandtheplants’ Sam McLoughlin, whose ‘Natural / Supernatural Lancashire’ library project (with Alison Cooper) from 2010 still resonates as one of that year’s finest new releases.

      With a unique approach to making non-linear mechanical music, this pop-up collective adds a further creative perspective to the oft mistreated ‘concept album’ virtually eliminating genre distinction in favour of communal noise - a unique product of genuinely independent music which continues to sprout further branches.

      TRACK LISTING

      Europium Alluminate (With Demdike Stare)
      A Circle And A Star Part 1 (With The Focus Group & Susan Christie)
      The Fallen By Watchbird (Video Mix)
      Turning In Circles (By Emma Tricca)
      Majic Milk
      Whispers Of Winter (with Wendy Flower)
      Noctilmina (with Anworth Kirk)
      My Soul Was Lost, My Soul Was Lost And No-One Saved Me (by Magpahi)
      Silver Chord (with Samandtheplants)
      A Circle And A Star Part 2 (with The Focus Group & Susan Christie)


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