Flock by Jane WeaverRelease date: March 5, 2021
Label: Fire Records
For 20 years Jane Weaver has been making music by creating her own vision of whimsical pop. She’s been in two bands from Kill Laura to Misty Dixon, married to DJ and founder of Finders Keepers Records own Andy Votel, and as a solo artist. She has released so far ten studio albums going back to 2006. And you may never know what Weaver will think of next. Until now.
Flock is her 11th studio album, released on the Fire label. It is an album that is her own sonic alchemy brought to life. A sound of beauty, new wave, psych-prog, post-rock, and an adventure you will never forget. Listening to Flock is like going inside Sofia Coppola’s 1999 film debut, The Virgin Suicides by understanding who, what, and why the Lisbon sisters were trapped in their own house by their paranoid mom and the decision they made to get out their prison that Mrs. Lisbon made for them.
And Flock is quite a dreamy atmosphere with some unexpected turns that Jane herself dives into a whirlpool of creativity. The title-track has some stop-and-go sections with whispering vocals that is a crossover between 10cc and The Anchoress (Catherine Anne Davies) and the mellotron that becomes this under-watery landscape. ‘Sunset Dreams’ is Jane going through her Caribbean pop voyage by dancing the hula with some reggae bass lines as Votel’s effects makes you take a relaxation in the sunny side of the beaches.
‘Heartlow’ which opens the album is Jane’s tribute to the cosmic voyages of Cluster’s Zuckerzeit-era, Camel, and the Early Floyd sounds from the Ummagumma-era while ‘The Revolution Of Super Visions’ sees Jane travels to the trip-hop samples with some funky-chicken clavinets. It shows not only her appreciation of Prince’s legacy, but with a psych-soul rising midsection to the mix.
The first 30 seconds on ‘Stages Of Phases’ has this fantasy like sequence from the synthesizers before Jane drives down into this glam rock twist of an late ‘70s/early ‘80s post-punk groove. Like a glam version between Deborah Harry and The Pretty Things, Weaver shows a lot of appreciation that gives the listener a chance to understand that the Prog genre is no longer a dirty word.
As you get to ‘Pyramid Schemes’, it is her tribute to the Eurospy films in the 1960s. Now I’m not talking about Mike Myers’ Austin Powers, but a nod to filmmakers such as Mario Bava, Roger Vadim, Roman Coppola, and Jean-Luc Goddard’s Alphaville. Futuristic psychedelia, VOX organs, trip-hop drumming, garage-rock guitars, and a nod to Krautrock masters Novalis, Jane is an amazing detective that gets the case done properly.
Flock is Jane’s leap into outer space once more and it is a fresh release during these tricky times we’re still having during the pandemic once more. But for Jane Weaver, she spreads her wings to fly away from the outside world and be free from the insanity of what’s going on.