23 Oct

And then there are the times that you buy an album, burn that album to a disc to take along on a long, country drive, and promptly, fully, unfailingly fall in love with that album, making plans to listen to it again and again, to sing its praises, to fully investigate the world of communist-era Polish sci-fi films that inspired it. That’s the type of album Jane Weaver’s “The Silver Globe” is, or more accurately, that’s the type of experience we’ve had with it.

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And after falling in love, what more is there to say, really? These words cannot add to the delight of listening to “The Silver Globe,” a delight that seems to emerge both effortlessly and evenly over the album’s forty-seven minutes; it is surely a fool’s errand to attempt to shine a light on an album “highlight,” when the entire album is the highlight, the entire album alive, growing, pulsing with unimaginable, indescribable highlights, one after another, building to a cohesive, utterly brilliant whole.

And as if on cue, as if to confirm our suspicion that these words cannot add to the delight of listening to “The Silver Globe,” is the fact that just yesterday, The Quietus posted a track-by-track breakdown of “The Silver Globe,” helmed by no less an authority than Ms. Weaver herself.

And what’s more, the article turns out to hold nearly as many illuminating, inspiring and poetic passages, as does “The Silver Globe” proper. To wit:

“The grass is never greener, it’s actually an entirely different color altogether, it’s all about how you process your own success and preserve your original motivation, then you create your own system.”

“The song itself is also written in a comic book style but is loosely based on our own power resources as human beings and preserving creative energy in a robotic society and not running too far away from our initial spark.”

“The song itself repeats the same themes about love, religion and secularization but in a totally day-glo context. I like the idea of old religions being presented via bizarre robotic entities, it’s obvious that a lot of the early developments in science and medicine were originally known as witchcraft, people used to think photography stole a person’s soul…”

And that’s without even mentioning the impact of “Church of Hawkwind,” Annette Peacock, Buck Rogers, the flight of Icarus, Aussie-krautrock and Casio keyboards with dying batteries upon “The Silver Globe.”

And so we suggest you forget these words, these meaningless words, immediately, and engage fully with “The Silver Globe.”

“The Silver Globe” by Jane Weaver is out now on Finders Keepers Records.


“When touched with a feeling of pain,
the ordinary uninstructed person
sorrows, grieves,
and laments, beats his breast,
becomes distraught.
So he feels two pains,
physical and mental.
Just as if they were to shoot a man
with an arrow and,
right afterward,
were to shoot him with another one,
so that he would feel
the pains of two arrows…”

—”Sallatha Sutta: The Arrow




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