Jane Weaver - The Silver Globe LPFire Records (UK)
In the madrigal-strewn world of neo folk-psychedelia, the queen of drones holds court In this late teen decade, as green men are burnt, resources dwindle and naturalists plunder for authentic Englishness, the hunt for the grail-like Silver Globe continues. Back in 2014, the story was first whispered; A mythical jaunt set to a motorik rhythm, played out in an overgrown forest of ideas: Jane Weaver's The Silver Globe was a conceptual delicacy a synth-ridden post-apocalyptic prog-pop opus based on tightly embroidered, non-linear recurring themes inspired by esoteric stories, cosmic imagery and re-filtered past experiences. Since those heady beginnings, our heroine has time travelled to darker times and been celebrated for her glorious Modern Kosmology (top album of 2017, here, there, everywhere). An album that melds cult cornerstones into a lean and thrillingly addictive slice of unearthly pop trumpeted The Guardian Featuring tracks co-produced by David Holmes, guest appearances by Australian vintage space-rockers Cybotron, a recycled chunk of a Hawkwind track, an intricate Damon Gough guitar solo, some Suzanne Ciani waves and post production, plus remix flourishes by Andy Votel, The Silver Globe is a shiny beautifully polished gem. It is a full-scale leap into the cosmic void of contemporary space rock according to Quietus. As a child of the 1970's I can thank my friends brothers for their space rock record collections and concept album sleeves that I would spend hours looking at, then my first love for Kate Bush followed by a heavy dose of disco and synth pop. I guess The Silver Globe is just a subconscious inspired imprint of those things that have never left me, married with an accidental viewing of a vintage Polish sci-fi film that was so bizarre I couldn't stop thinking about it and so it became my muse.