Fenella is an ambient pop project of British singer/songwriter Jane Weaver, along with her frequent collaborators Peter Philipson and Raz Ullah (both of Starless & Bible Black). The group’s self-titled 2019 debut was composed as an alternate score for the 1981 Hungarian cult animation classic ‘Fehérlófia’. The project’s second release, ‘The Metallic Index’, appeared in 2022.
Weaver’s solo career shifted from acoustic folk during the 2000s to synth-heavy, Krautrock-inspired dream pop on albums like 2014’s ‘The Silver Globe’ and 2017’s ‘Modern Kosmology’. Along with Philipson and Ullah, two contributors to those records, Weaver created a re-imagined score for Marcell Jankovics’ fantastically trippy 1981 animation ‘Fehérlófia’ (Son of the White Mare). The trio recorded initial sessions in a remote cottage in Northwest Scotland before adding overdubs at Eve Studios near Manchester, where Weaver’s previous few albums were produced. Filled with shimmering synth arpeggios, dreamy vocals, and transformative guitar textures, ‘Fenella’ was released by Fire Records in 2019. The group returned in 2022 with ‘The Metallic Index’, an album loosely based on the true story of a psychic nurse based in London in the 1920s.