Jane Weaver

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Jane Weaver
Weaver in 2021
Weaver in 2021
Background information
Birth nameJane Louise Weaver
Born (1972-02-28) 28 February 1972 (age 52)
Liverpool, England
OriginWidnes, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • composer
  • musician
Instrument(s)
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active1993–present
Labels
  • Fire
  • Bird
  • Finders Keepers
  • Bright Star Recordings
Formerly of
  • Kill Laura
  • Misty Dixon
Websitejaneweavermusic.com

Jane Louise Weaver[1] (born 28 February 1972) is an English singer, songwriter, and guitarist. She runs the label Bird Records, an offshoot of Twisted Nerve Records. Weaver has performed as part of the Britpop group Kill Laura, the folktronica project Misty Dixon, and as a solo artist. She was brought up in the town of Widnes, Cheshire.[2]

Kill Laura[edit]

Kill Laura began when Weaver was in sixth form college.[3] Between 1993 and 1996 Kill Laura released five singles, two on Polydor and three on the Manchester Records label run by Rob Gretton, owner of The Haçienda and manager of New Order. Kill Laura disbanded in 1997.

Misty Dixon[edit]

Weaver formed Misty Dixon in 2002. The band originally consisted of Weaver, Anna Greenwood, Dave Tyack and Sam Yates. Misty Dixon released several singles, and one studio album, Iced to Mode (2003). However, the release of the album was shrouded in tragedy following the disappearance of Tyack in August 2002. Misty Dixon broke-up in 2004.

Solo career[edit]

Weaver's solo career began shortly after the demise of Kill Laura. She recorded an album for Manchester Records in 1998, Supersister, but it was left unreleased following the death of Gretton in May 1999. A single, "Everyone Knows Everyone Else", recorded in collaboration with Doves and Andy Votel, was released from the Supersister sessions.

Weaver continued her solo career alongside Misty Dixon. Following a number of singles Weaver's first studio album, Like an Aspen Leaf, was released in 2002.[4] It featured contributions from Andy Votel, Dave Tyack, Rick Tomlinson, Sam Yates, Naomi Hart and two members of Elbow, Craig Potter and Richard Jupp.[5]

Weaver appears on the cover artwork of the 2002 Badly Drawn Boy studio album, Have You Fed the Fish?.

Her second album, Seven Day Smile (2006) was a collection of home recordings and material from the Supersister era. By the time of her third album, Cherlokalate (2007), Weaver was exploring more psychedelic folk and Americana influences. The NME review of Cherlokalate (2007) declared that "Jane Weaver is the sound of Cat Power if she'd grown up next door to Oasis, stealing their Beatles records and outshining them at the school Christmas concert".[6]

The Fallen by Watchbird, Weaver's fourth album, was released in 2010. The Guardian wrote "Psych folk is back. It may have died out with the hippies in the 1970s, but now it has merged with folktronica, and the result here is not as twee and pretentious as one might fear… Weaver's fragile, unworldly voice is carefully balanced against more muscular backing".[7] The album also received a four (out of five) star review in Mojo.[8] Weaver wrote a fairytale book to accompany the album.[9] A remix album, The Watchbird Alluminate (2011), featured interpretations by electronic artists including Demdike Stare and the Focus Group.

In 2011, Weaver recorded the library music recording Intiaani Kesä for filmmaker and fashion designer Paola Suhonen [fi] of the brand Ivana Helsinki. A track from the project, "Parade of the Blood Red Sorrows", was also featured in the 2012 film Kiss of the Damned.

The title of Weaver's sixth album, The Silver Globe (2014), is derived from the 1988 film On the Silver Globe by Andrzej Żuławski.[10] It featured contributions from Cybotron, Badly Drawn Boy and David Holmes. Her song "The Electric Mountain" uses a sample of "Star Cannibal" from Church of Hawkwind (1982). The Silver Globe was critically acclaimed as an artistic breakthrough and named Piccadilly Records Album of the Year 2014.[11]

Coldplay's song "Another's Arms", from Ghost Stories (2014), featured a vocal sample from The Fallen by Watchbird album track, "Silver Chord". Weaver said that Chris Martin telephoned her directly for permission to use it.[12]

2015's The Amber Light album is an extension of The Silver Globe, with three remixes from that album alongside four new songs and three instrumentals. It was made available both with the "Deluxe Version" of The Silver Globe and as a separate release.

Another album, Modern Kosmology was released in 2017, with Can vocalist Malcolm Mooney performing guest vocals on the track, "Ravenspoint".

During October and November 2018, Weaver completed the short "Loops in the Secret Society" solo tour of England and Scotland, in support of her two most recent albums.[13] Loops in the Secret Society was also the title of her double album released in June 2019 by Fire Records. The album contained reimagined and remixed versions of songs from her two previous albums. The deluxe bookback CD edition, released on 15 November, also contained a DVD featuring the experimental film installation which was featured on her previous tour. It was directed by Nick Farrimond.[14] The first single from the album, "Slow Motion (Loops Variation)", was released in March 2019.[14][15]

Together with Peter Philipson and Raz Ullah, under the name of Fenella, Weaver recorded a reimagined soundtrack to the 1981 cult animated movie Fehérlófia by Hungarian director Marcell Jankovics. The album was released on vinyl only on 8 November 2019 on Fire Records. A second Fenella album, titled The Metallic Index, will be released on 11 November 2022 also on Fire Records.[16][17][18]

Weaver released a single in October 2020 entitled "The Revolution of Super Visions", from her forthcoming album Flock. A second single, "Heartlow", and official video were released in January 2021.[19] The album was released in March 2021 to favourable reviews, Rough Trade also made Flock their 'Album of the Month'.[20][21][22] On release week, the album peaked at No. 24 in the UK Albums Chart, the first time that Weaver has entered the Top 40.[23] Weaver also announced in October 2020 that she had a UK tour planned for June 2021. The tour was rescheduled in March 2021 to November 2021 and February/March 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[24][25][26]

Love in Constant Spectacle is the title of a brand new track and official video released in November 2023, followed by another new track titled Perfect Storm in January 2024. Weaver also announced in January 2024 that the title of her new album is also Love in Constant Spectacle. It has a planned April 5, 2024 release date. The album was produced in collaboration with John Parish. Following the release of the album Weaver will tour the UK and Ireland in April and May 2024.[27][28][29]

Bird Records[edit]

Bird Records is an offshoot of Twisted Nerve Records and the Finders Keepers reissue label, and is run by Weaver. Bird was founded in 2002 and mainly releases recordings by contemporary female folk artists. These include early recordings by Beth Jeans Houghton and Emma Tricca.

Most notably, Bird released the 2007 compilation album, Bearded Ladies. The album brought together both contemporary and vintage psychedelic folk female singers such as Brigitte Fontaine, Bonnie Dobson, Susan Christie and Cate Le Bon. The album spawned a club night at the Dulcimer bar in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester.[30] Weaver, and many of the artists featured on Bearded Ladies, performed at the 2007 Meltdown festival, curated by Jarvis Cocker of Pulp as part of the 'Lost Ladies of Folk' event.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Weaver is married to Andy Votel,[32] and has two children.[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums

  • Like an Aspen Leaf (mini album) (2002)
  • Seven Day Smile (2006)
  • Cherlokalate (2007)
  • The Fallen by Watchbird (2010)
  • The Watchbird Alluminate (2011)
  • Le Rose De Fer/Intiaani Kesä (Soundtrack, with Pierre Ralph) (2013)
  • The Silver Globe (2014)
  • The Amber Light (2015)
  • Modern Kosmology (2017)
  • Loops in the Secret Society (2019)[33]
  • Fehérlófia (2019) (By Fenella – Soundtrack, with Peter Philipson & Raz Ullah)[17]
  • Flock (2021)[34]
  • Sunset Dreams EP (EP) (2021)[35]
  • The Metallic Index (2022) (by Fenella, with Peter Philipson & Raz Ullah)
  • Love in Constant Spectacle (2024)[36]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Jane Weaver". BBC Manchester. Archived from the original on 12 February 2007. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  5. ^ Clarke, Betty (3 May 2002). "Sigue Sigue sputter". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  6. ^ Robinson, Rebecca (9 March 2007). "NME Reviews: Jane Weaver: Cherlokalate (Bird)". NME. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  7. ^ Denselow, Robin (15 July 2010). "Jane Weaver: The Fallen By Watch Bird". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  8. ^ Tyler, Kieron (July 2010). "Spindle Wakes: Album Review of Fallen By Watchbird". Mojo. London, UK.
  9. ^ Gibb, Rory (10 October 2011). "Jane Weaver Writes Fairytale Book". The Quietus. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  10. ^ "Track-by-Track: Jane Weaver". The Quietus. 22 October 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  11. ^ "The Piccadilly Records Album of the Year 2014". Piccadilly Records.
  12. ^ "'I'm dead nervous about playing live again...but nerves do help keep you on your toes'". Manchester Evening News. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  13. ^ "Jane Weaver announces Loops In The Secret Society solo tour". Gigwise. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  14. ^ a b Banks, Joe (21 June 2019). "Jane Weaver - Loops in the Secret Society album review". Louder Sound. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  15. ^ Helfet, Gabriela (27 March 2019). "Vocalist and guitarist Jane Weaver announces new album Loops In The Secret Society on 2xLP". The Vinyl Factory. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  16. ^ "FIRE RECORDS". FIRE RECORDS.
  17. ^ a b "Jane Weaver's ambient ensemble Fenella announces new album Fehérlófia". The Vinyl Factory. 22 August 2019.
  18. ^ "The Heroine's Journey: Jane Weaver's Fenella Rekindles Old Myths". The Quietus. 31 October 2019. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  19. ^ Ewing, Jerry (12 January 2021). "Jane Weaver releases video for new single Heartflow". Prog Magazine.
  20. ^ "Jane Weaver: Flock review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week". The Guardian. 4 March 2021. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  21. ^ Hunter-Tilney, Ludovic (6 March 2021). "Jane Weaver shines as a songwriter who has made her own path on Flock". Financial Times. p. 15. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  22. ^ "Album of the Month - March 2021". Blog.roughtrade.com. 5 March 2021. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  23. ^ "Kings of Leon score sixth Number 1 with When You See Yourself". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  24. ^ "Jane Weaver". Songkick. 27 August 2023.
  25. ^ Eede, Christian (13 October 2020). "Jane Weaver Details New Album, 'Flock'". The Quietus.
  26. ^ Roberts, Christopher (13 October 2020). "Jane Weaver Announces New Album, Shares New Song "The Revolution of Super Visions"". Under the Radar.
  27. ^ https://www.clashmusic.com/news/jane-weaver-announces-new-album-love-in-constant-spectacle/
  28. ^ https://www.stereogum.com/2247905/jane-weaver-perfect-storm/music/
  29. ^ https://www.loudersound.com/news/jane-weaver-streams-title-track-of-upcoming-album-love-in-constant-spectacle-in-april
  30. ^ Rogers, Jude (2 January 2008). "Lie back and think of ukuleles". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  31. ^ Barber, Lynn (10 June 2007). "Paris match". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  32. ^ "Proper Interview: Andy Votel, Finders Keepers - Proper Magazine". 8 July 2020. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  33. ^ Munro, Scott (27 March 2019). "Jane Weaver announces new album Loops In The Secret Society". Loudersound.com. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  34. ^ Helfet, Gabriela (13 October 2020). "Jane Weaver channels "day-glo pop" in new album, Flock". The Vinyl Factory.
  35. ^ "Sunset Dreams EP, by Jane Weaver".
  36. ^ https://www.thelineofbestfit.com/news/jane-weaver-announces-new-album-love-in-constant-spectacle

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