Throughout her career, English singer/songwriter, musician, producer, and label owner Jane Weaver has explored many different styles and approaches, never staying too long in any one spot while showing mastery of each one she attempts. Following Brit-pop beginnings with the group Kill Laura and indie folk explorations with Misty Dixon, as a solo artist Weaver traveled from folktronica sounds in the early 2000s to rich British folk on her 2007 album Cherlokalate, then quirky and strange psych weirdness with collaborators like Wendy & Bonnie and Susan Christie.
In the mid-2010s she fully embraced synthesizers and began making dreamlike and airy pop that was influenced by Italian synth pioneers and art rock from Germany. 2014’s ‘The Silver Globe’ introduced the stylistic shift, while 2017’s ‘Modern Kosmology’ expanded on it. No matter the setting or style, Weaver‘s heartfelt singing and trenchant songcraft come through strongly on every release. ‘The Silver Globe’ (2014) was influenced by the sounds of ’70s German music and Italian synthesizer music and featured Weaver playing most of the instruments with production help from Voteland David Holmes, some guitar from Damon Gough (of Badly Drawn Boy), and an appearance by techno pioneers Cybotron.
After years recording for her own label, Weaver signed with Fire Records, and her first album for them, 2017’s ‘Modern Kosmology’, continued to explore synthesizers and dream pop, and featured an appearance by Can’s Malcolm Mooney. A 7″ single, ‘The Lightning Back’ was released by Fire Records in 2018.
After a solo tour of the U.K. in late 2018, Weaver went back in the studio to work on ‘Loops in the Secret Society’, a collection of gently re-imagined songs from ‘The Silver Globe’ and ‘Modern Kosmology’ with cinematically dark ambient interludes interspersed. ‘Loops In The Secret Society’ (issued by Fire in June 2019) 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.
(James Christopher Monger, AMG)
“Where so much space/kraut/psych rock quickly disappears into a formulaic miasma, referencing everything but signifying nothing, Weaver’s strong melodic sensibilities and incisive songwriting powers here alchemise raw genre material and turn it into, well, silver.”The Quietus