Here comes Manchester chanteuse Jane Weaver with a project that sees her re-work elements from her last two studio albums The Silver Globe and Modern Kosmology, interspersed with brand new ambient pieces over two slabs of vinyl. Loops In The Secret Society is a product of the mesmerising British tour that Jane Weaver kicked off in October last year which saw the source material expanded and reworked.
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I often have a bit of a problem with artists revisiting past works. My view generally is that it's better just to keep creating something fresh rather than treading old ground; you can't reheat hot coffee, as they say. There are exceptions, of course, such as John Cale's masterful reworking of his 1982 album Music For A New Society, but for the most part I tire of this kind of thing (Kevin Shields I am most definitely, definitely looking at you. Seriously. C'mon dude. We all like Loveless, it's fine!).
Anyway. The hard place of my distrust of reworks came into contact with the rock of my enjoyment of Jane Weaver's music when listening to her new project Loops In The Secret Society. It's a mammoth 22-song long album of reworks and remixes of songs from her past two albums, taking in sparse electronica, lush ambient music, IDM in places, all underpinned by Weaver's voice which interestingly enough seems a little frailer than on her original records. Perhaps instruments and effects have been removed to allow a more natural timbre to come through the mix. Sounds great, anyway. My highlights include 'H>A>K (Loops variation)' which morphs from a krautrock banger into a more electronic affair while never losing that sense of urgency. There are also really nice ambient pieces like 'Found Birds'. This feels like a mix, in a way, considering the way songs segue into each other. A Jane Weaver mixtape would be something I'd be wholly on-board for. Loops In The Secret Society is a big project with a big scope, and one that Weaver just about pulls off; it's an album to get lost in. It's not for your fair-weather Weaver fan, but then again, who is?*
*This last part sounds like I'm suggesting Jane Weaver has no fans, in fact it's the opposite, I'm implying that she inspires complete devotion and so she only has all-weather fans.
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