The Silver Globe, the 2014 album from Jane Weaver

Jane Weaver – The Silver Globe

Seán Ryan gets lost in Jane Weaver’s The Silver Globe.

The Silver Globe is the sixth long player from Liverpool’s Jane Weaver. It was released on her own Bird Records imprint – via Finders Keepers – and though not heralded upon release, it garnered multiple mentions in ‘ones you might have missed’ lists come 2014’s end.

Melody is dusted upon the drone, a delicate air to the drive of the spacey kraut of her backing

Spluttering to life with the brief title track, first track proper Argent sets the tone for the first half of the record, Weaver layers vocals over a scratchy yet propulsive and driving track. The Silver Globe is a multi-layered and rewarding listen, a different aspect proves striking at each turn. Melody is dusted upon the drone, a delicate air to the drive of the spacey kraut of her backing. Previously buried synths soar as arrangements stretch out and vocal hooks are re-introduced. Simultaneously familiar and sounding like nothing you’ve ever heard before, there is a coherence throughout that is a triumph in itself.

The Electric Mountain is comparatively brash, but is a real showcase for the range of Weaver’s vocal while Don’t Take My Soul calls to mind Natalie Prass in the higher register vocal over an enjoyably over the top keyboard hook. Cells is the first space to truly take a breath-without the same propulsive rhythm section backing, but no less force and quality. Mission Desire is an example of Stereolab-esque touches dropped throughout the album (Weaver has toured with Lætitia Sadier in the last 12 months). Stealing Gold has an air reminiscent of Angel Olsen’s Burn Your Fire for No Witness. When things are taken in a more stripped back direction in the latter half of the record it only serves to emphasise the quality and versatility of Weaver’s song writing.

A delightfully understated and intoxicating listen, The Silver Globe is a record of sustained quality and rippling with variety and ambition, a prime showcase for a songwriter at the top of her game.

The Silver Globe is available from all good record shops.

About Seán Ryan

Regular contributor and guitarist for Cork punk-pop quartet Hags.