Boomkat Product Review:
An enduring presence on Manchester's music scene, Jane Weaver returns with a new collection of antiquated folk songs that boldly draws influence from "Eastern European children's cinema, Germanic kunstmärchen, 70's television music and early murmurs of 80's synth-pop". As that billing would suggest, The Fallen By Watchbird is a very Finders Keepers-ish affair and calls upon some suitably distinguished and obscure guests. Susan Christie and Wendy Flower (one half of '60s psych-folk legends Wendy & Bonnie) both make notable appearances, as do Andy Votel and Gruff Rhys collaborator Lisa Jen. The Fallen By Watchbird occupies that part of folk heritage that's so beloved by the likes of Meg Baird, Josephine Foster and anyone who's spent rather too much time learning the songs from The Wicker Man soundtrack; it all feels at once ancient and staunchly rooted in the prog-influenced sounds of '70s acid folk. The arrangements are haunting and beautifully pieced together, with eerie chimes running through the lovely 'Turning In Circles' and fuzz-serated electric leads taking charge of 'Whispers Of Winter' - there's even a spot of Ghost Box-esque synth-scaping for 'Noctilumina' to consolidate that blurry, nostalgic view of the 1970s. Closing track, 'Silver Chord' proves to be especially irresistible, coating itself in wonderful string melodies and weightless vocal harmonies. Recommended.