Jane Weaver – The Silver Globe

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Jane Weaver – The Silver Globe

With so much music swirling around in obvious and less obvious places, inevitably there are some extremely good records that aren’t getting heard as they should, albums that are known to only to industry insiders, devoted fans and those fortunate enough to have found them by chance. One favourite album of my own, Abby GoGo’s eponynous 2010 album (which I reviewed on this site at the time of release) is as far as I am concerned an unalloyed 100% classic psyche guitar album, although whenever someone asks me the ‘what’s your favourite album’ question I never refer to it as, so far as I can make out, I’m one of only a very few people outwith the Greater Atlanta region to have ever heard it.

And there are others, albums that hold revered positions in my own collection that are practically unknown to the majority of music listeners (releases by City Of Satellites, Mrs Magician and Radius System are only some of them) and it’s sometimes a bit offputting when you’re writing a review of a truly majestic piece of work, with the possibility that about 500 other music listeners might also hear it, if that many. So when I heard Jane Weaver’s music, learned that The Silver Globe had been released in the UK last year with little if any fanfare, and that the album has been released in the US at the beginning of July of this year, I decided that if there were anything this humble scribe could do to make sure that others would get to hear it, then I’d do what I could to help, which of course means writing a review of the album.

The Silver Globe is released in the US with an accompanying mini-album, The Amber Light. I don’t have a copy of the second disc as my actual review copy is the YouTube upload of The Silver Globe in its entirety. Perhaps this reflects Jane Weaver’s own concerns that her music won’t get a hearing. In an recent interview with The Guardian newspaper she has much to say about the pitfalls facing an independent musician today, some of those complicated by her being a woman. With approaching two decades as a musician under her belt, it’s a plea for not only allowing her the ability to make her music, but also one on behalf of her audience, to let us hear her. It may be true that female musicians work at a disadvantage in the independent music world, and it has always been true that the most talented and able musicians aren’t always the most successful. Jane Weaver might not want to find herself in the Billboard or any other top 100, but she has something that she wishes to communicate to as many listeners as she can reach.

So, bringing to her very committed musicianship the confidence that comes with knowing that she will, inevitably, find an audience (that Guardian feature might’ve helped) and with her grasp of synth-enhanced psyche guitar attributes at overdrive levels, Jane Weaver has made an album that won’t fall into the underwhelming obscurity that has been the fate of so many others. From the fifty second opening sequence that is the title track, through the electronic arpeggios and power chordage of “Argent” and “The Electric Mountain”, the ethereal mysteries of “Your Time In This Life Is Just Temporary” and the edgy music hall falsetto of “Don’t Take My Soul”, the noir-ish atmospherics of “Mission Desire” and the track that made me decide to review The Silver Globe for you, the breathtaking cadences and mesmeric vocal performance of “Stealing Gold”, a song based around the least complicated guitar chords that is developed into an intricately arranged and performed ballad, compelling, sensuous and gently soporific at the same time.

It’s only too easy to appreciate Jane Weaver’s concerns that her music (and that of other female performers) isn’t gaining the recognition it should from the wider music industry. Perhaps the media that can find that audience doesn’t quite exist yet, or is only beginning to form around Jane Weaver and some of her contemporaries. Or perhaps by using existing social media outlets to their fullest, and ensuring that The Silver Globe is available to any and all that want to hear it, Jane Weaver has taken how an artist promotes their music to a conclusion that circumstances may have forced her to. Or maybe it was one or more of her fans that uploaded the album. However it’s happened, you can listen to The Silver Globe regardless of major label support for a musician who quite genuinely deserves better than the music industry has provided her with, and we should applaud both her bravery and her generosity, alongside her talent.

Finders Keepers / Bird Records