LIVE REVIEW: Jane Weaver, Adwaith @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead (24.04.24) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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There is a genuine buzz of expectation rippling around the drum of Hall 2 in The Glasshouse but thankfully not a single mobile phone lifted aloft to obscure the view of Jane Weaver and the band taking the stage. In any case, in a bright flowing orange dress Jane is not so easily obscured. Neither is her music, which is increasingly pop accessible, from the 2021 Top 40 album Flock to wonders aplenty in brand new long player Love In Constant Spectacle.

Support act Adwaith are from West Wales and the two female vocalists choose their native tongue to serenade us. They translate briefly between songs for the benefit of the non-Welsh speakers, which from a show of hands appears to be all but one of the audience. Song subjects include the looming Christ the Redeemer statue opposite Lisbon where they have recently been recording. Adwaith have added an extra live guitar to beef up the wall of psych pop that launched them triumphantly from BBC Introducing in the early 2020s. New single MWY (More) is funky and groovy as well as brewing up a mysterious cauldron of sound. I make a beeline for the merch stall straight after the set because I want to hear more.

There seemed to be plenty of recognition amongst the audience for the many new numbers that Jane Weaver’s set featured. Her ever growing popularity and airplay means the knowledgable crowd are in step with the latest releases. Jane is polite and careful to thank everyone from both Gateshead and Newcastle. “Is it like Liverpool and Birkenhead?” she asks.

It is a warm reception for an equally rich music offering that dances between alt. pop, folk and psychedelia, and ebbs and flows into trippy, dreamy eddies. Yet it is always sculpted into perfectly honed, if slanted and enchanted, pop songs.

New album opener Perfect Storm ushers us through a portal into Weaver’s most recent domain. The rigid, rhythmic and repetitive Is Metal swings us into the Jodie Comer section of the set featuring two songs used recently in the soundtrack of productions featuring the English actress. Yes, Jane Weaver made her mark on Killing Eve.

A tight as a spring rhythm section underpin every twitching musical muscle. Soaring above even the reverb effects, guitars and synths is that vibrant vocal. It is a voice that is soft and comforting on the ballad Univers (spelling deliberate, it is French, we are told), to strident and even challenging in recent single Romantic Worlds.

The elevating, invigorating encore of 2014’s I Need A Connection sends us out into the night on a real high. Jane is the sonic conductor and we are all caught in her tractor beams. Inescapable.

Who in their right mind would opt out of the many layered, Weaver-ed and wondrous Romantic Worlds? I want to live forever in a Jane Weaver Univers(e).

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