ALBUM REVIEW: Jane Weaver – Flock | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 05.03.21

 

 

 

 

 

The four years since Modern Kosmology have found Jane Weaver reinterpreting her back catalogue with Loops In the Secret Society and collaborating on a reimagined soundtrack for cult fantasy animation Fehérlófia, but on Flock she uses the lessons of her recent excursions as ballast for her most pop-focused collection yet.

Weaver’s ear for detail and arrangements remains as pleasingly eclectic as ever, but on the opening lilt of Heartlow, the Tangerine Dream-goes-glam collision of Stages of Phases and offbeat funk of Sunset Dreams, there’s a new-found immediacy to enjoy. Lyrically, Flock is driven by a world-weary but sincere plea for connection and autonomy that resonates strongly here in 2021, an openness that’s a major reason why this feels like such a confident step forward.

 

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