Jane Weaver, “Argent”

Louis Pattison

By Louis Pattison

International Editor
on 10.06.14 in Listen to This

Like the late Trish Keenan of Broadcast, Liverpool’s Jane Weaver possesses one of those voices that floats above and through familiar timelines – a clear but mysterious lilt that feels simultaneously rustic and futuristic, impossible to date. In the past, she’s largely used it in the service of witchy psychedelic folk, but on “Argent” – pulled from forthcoming album The Silver Globe, due on her own Bird Records this November – it finds a more widescreen backdrop. A tireless motorik beat pounds in perpetuity, analog synths crest and fall like sparkling waves, and Weaver sings machine age hymns to technology and invention. Alone this would be a joy, but the saxophone break is an improbably nice touch, too.